Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Meet the Cuban citizen journalist who seeks a "blogostróika"

Yoani Sánchez, the Cuban who blogs in Spanish, is trying to create that island's largest citizen journalism portal.

Ms. Sanchez, who is said to represent Cuba's "blogostróika," says of the phenomenon,
[T]he label of blogostróika came from Cuban(s) writing their blogs from exile. … The use of this term is a clear allusion to the process that came about when Mikhail Gorbachev came to power, especially during the information transparency process called glasnost. Even though the term sounds nice, I have to make a small comment that perestroika was pushed from a position of power, while the alternative Cuban blogosphere did not ask permission from anyone to exist.
Check out her interview with Claudia Cadelo of Global Voices.

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