The Cuban media and journalists have been attacked for supposedly not publishing the whole truth, despite the fact that this has been precisely the first victim of the political-communication operation that Cuba has been suffering since July 5, when under the hashtag #SOSCuba a manipulative campaign of intoxication and hatred began. It is still underway to provoke a social uprising.
And not only have the media been attacked as a system, but also the journalists and professionals working there, with veiled threats, and others not so veiled, even incitement to crime.
We have seen calls on social networks to attack the workers of a radio station, or to attack them in their homes, as if they were going to establish a new social and economic system in Cuba, more just and equitable than the current one.
We have witnessed personal offenses and verbal attacks against journalists to whom no one can point a finger, because they are examples of professionalism and good people. It so happens that these professionals are incapable of scoring well-deserved merits when they do cumbersome work for receivers and viewers whom they do not even know. Those who always have the right word to explain to a person in a line the reason for the food shortage, those who while all Cubans stay at home protecting their belongings before the passage of a hurricane go out ready to report on the event from their media until it passes.
But today the violence has turned against this professional who has looked for all sides of a demonstration, and has not only stayed with the perspective of the demonstrator. Of course, social networks are special platforms to offend from afar, even to act under the cloak of a pseudonym.
That is why now many attack colleagues who show in three different perspectives the events in Cardenas; that is why they offend those who think differently; that is why they attack a journalist who shows a photo of a police officer arresting a demonstrator who attacked a pediatric hospital with stones.
I am not going to mention the names of all those colleagues threatened or mistreated by the social networks as a result of the events of this second Sunday of July, but I am sure that if they were threatened it was not for lack of fortitude, but for their nerve and professional quality.
And I am sure that none of them were intimidated by the threats, but that they served them to learn more about the human quality of the haters, those who call for bombs for their country and death for their neighbors.
The highest authorities of the country summoned the operators of the social network platforms to deny that they have been part of this ferocious media operation, which has had as its center and financier U.S. authorities. Also to deny that, as part of this operation, they have used trolls, robots and bots that violate the management policies established by these platforms and that they use them discretionally, especially to silence those who are uncomfortable to U.S. interests.
The Truth Network has also unveiled the avalanche of fake news circulating in networks. These make serious events occurring in other parts of the world appear as current events in Cuba.
In the height of cynicism, international agencies and transnational media are trying to prove that this fake news are part of a strategy of the Cuban Government, for which they resort to political operators based outside the Island and with a proven opposition activity to the Cuban Government.
As part of this political communication operation, they also tried to silence the media system under the so-called denial of service attacks, part of the script of the so-called cyber wars.
Today the whole world supposedly knows what is happening in Cuba. Some are informed by social networks, others by international or national media, and everyone believes they have the whole truth based on the information they see on different platforms.
But the reality is that anyone who tries to get information about Cuba from another country sees what the big information transnationals want them to see, since very few have correspondents here in these Caribbean lands, and most of them are nourished by what others have written, whether they are journalists, simple citizens who give their opinion or manipulators at the service of the worst interests against their country.
The Association of Journalists of Cuba follows closely the actions, in recent weeks, of people at the service of the counterrevolution, who have harassed, threatened from the virtual world and also physically assaulted professionals of our press.
An anti-Cuban minority in South Florida, and its hirelings, desperate for the verticality with which their purposes are exposed, seeks to silence the revolutionary press, subjecting its professionals to harassment and intimidation and, additionally, to undermine the confidence of the Cuban people in its public communication system.
We are daily witnesses of attacks on social networks against journalists and communication professionals. These events are part of anti-Cuban programs and their media intoxication machines, which enjoy millionaire budgets to discredit those who defend the truth of the Revolution.
An example of the crude manipulations to which the Cuban people are being subjected was revealed today by the Union of Jurists of Cuba, when it unmasked the lie with which Yeilis Torres Cruz tried to present herself before the national and international public opinion as a former prosecutor and worker of the People’s Supreme Court, when she is not even a law graduate. Another lie inflated and paid for from the United States as part of the daily show to which they intend to subject us.
Terrorizing Journalists: a political-communication operation against Cuba
We will allow neither aggressions nor threats, and we will defend the physical and moral integrity of the members of the organization, in legitimate exercise of the freedom of the press enshrined in the Constitution, the laws and the institutional spirit of the nation.
We, the communication professionals, will not back down one millimeter in our mission to make the truth break through. We count on the support of the immense majority of the people for the dignified and free exercise of journalism.