‘Black Spring’ journalist released in Cuba

Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, a journalist imprisoned during Cuba’s ‘Black Spring’ of 2003 was released on 12 February. Unlike many of the 52 journalists and dissidents released last July, Maseda, who co-founded the independent news agency Grupo de Trabajo Decoro, will not be forced to go into exile.  Six of the 11 prisoners who refused the deal brokered with Spain have now been released and will be allowed to remain in Cuba. There are now just two ‘Black Spring’ journalists who are yet to be freed. Maseda was released against his will, saying that he did not want to go without the others.