El Nuevo Herald: US journalism course in Cuba irritates Castro government
About 30 Cubans sit in a conference room for several hours each week and learn the ABC of journalism: how to report a story, write a headline and verify sources.
However, to their government, they are part of a criminal activity.
It is not only that they are studying journalism in a country where the media is controlled by the government, but how and where they do it: inside the Interests Section of the United States, the sheltered position of a government that has spent decades trying to undermine the communist government of Cuba.
Cubans take independent journalism courses, imparted by professors from the United States through a video link, and are well aware that they risk being persecuted and even arrested.