Cuban gov. blocks texts messages with the word “Democracy”

Cuban gov. blocks texts messages with the word “Democracy”

Cuban gov. blocks texts messages with the word “Democracy”

Written by Staff Writer

07 Sep, 2016 | 3:07 pm

The Cuban government is blocking text messages that contain words such as “democracy,” “human rights,” and “hunger strike,” according to an investigation from local dissidents.

In a Spanish-language report published last week, prominent blogger Yoani Sanchez and journalist Reinaldo Escobar found that the government is filtering 30 keywords and blocking the transmission of any texts that contain them.

Reuters later confirmed that messages containing the Spanish words for “democracy” and “human rights” did not reach their destination, nor did those containing Sanchez’s name or “Somos Mas”: an opposition group that worked on the investigation.

Texts that included the word “protest” were transmitted, the agency reported on Tuesday, and those that were blocked were marked as “sent” on the sender’s phone.

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