Sanchez made his first public appearance in the United States and invites the international community to put pressure on Castro to open the system
"The truth is that all journalists are imprisoned in Cuba," said Yoani Sanchez, a pessimistic assessment of the situation of freedom of expression in his country of origin.
The 37-year-old Cuban dissident blogger behind renowned and Generation Y knows better than anyone the impact of restrictions on the chroniclers of everyday life under the communist regime in Cuba. Despite being named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine, Sanchez has in recent years been limited to life on the island. So far.
Sanchez, whose attempts to travel abroad were rejected more than 20 times over the last five years, is currently on tour 80 days in Europe, Latin America and the United States to discuss the following history. The trip was made possible by the recent reforms undertaken by President Raul Castro, the easing of travel restrictions for many Cubans.
S?nchez trip was not without incident, however. Brazil, met with pro-Castro protesters during a visit to the Brazilian Congress. Similar events, rumored to be held, also continued during a recent trip to Mexico.
wonder, then, that when Sanchez made his first public appearance in the United States, Columbia University Thursday night, the strict security measures were taken. However, Sanchez has received a warm welcome, flowers and a standing ovation when he sat down for a brief Q & A.
overnight, Sanchez, with his long hair and dress style mother earth could be taken on your iPhone for tweeting his 450,000 followers.
One might think that Sanchez is still on the Internet. But the reality is that she and her compatriots are facing a battle for unfiltered Internet access, such as sneaking into a hotel - which, before the reform, Cubans were forbidden to enter - and the salary of average spending months using a computer. Cubans have also created their own digital version of alchemy to create "Internet Internet" by downloading uncensored flash drives and share them with others.
Life in Cuba is difficult for dissidents like S?nchez, who met with verbal attacks to physical detention, but Sanchez notes the worst prison is the forced silence. "[We] imprisoned by censorship laws jailed, imprisoned on an island is a prison surrounded by water on all sides."
But lately, the Cuban government said Sanchez, took note of the developments in the Arab Spring, was cautious about how they deal with critics of the regime . The Cuban government has begun to work with bloggers, blogging for the government to denounce those who, like Sanchez as agents of foreign enemies, like the United States. But Sanchez believes that this shows that the government can not refuse to recognize the power and impact of the Cuban blogosphere is having on people.
And Sanchez plans to go beyond simply pressing the buttons in the government. "[I] s time to go beyond the realm of personal expression and individual blog - the catharsis that is, the 140 characters on Twitter - in a more civic exercise is expressed through an independent press in Cuba" said.
Sanchez complete the project on his return to Cuba, and without fear of being accused of "crime of enemy propaganda." Although the company will, for now, remain elusive in the digital domain, at least, he said, be ready for all Cubans that change will come.
"I see this as an opportunity to tell Cuba as someone who lives on the island, [a] to answer your questions and give you my perspective. D a time important for Cuba at this moment, a moment when changing where everything can fall into disrepair or accomplish. "