10/22/13 - Havana Times - Cuban Television: the Truth Hurts, But It Also Heals
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HAVANA TIMES I have occasionally perhaps too often complained about
my countrys media. It angers me that the Cuban press is frequently
boring, simplistic and not as critical as we want it to be. One thing I am
happy about, though, is that it isnt sensationalist.
If it were, newspapers and other media in Guantanamo today would run such
headlines as Domestic Violence Gains New Ground in Guantanamo, or
something along those lines. Though the press should address all issues,
from economic difficulties to the most insignificant achievements in the
county, I think a gutter press would serve to distance us from what we
truly want for Cuba.
My aim with this post, however, is not to again criticize my friends the
journalists. On the contrary, today I will write about a clever program
aired every week during the Cuban televisions evening news.
Cuba dice (Cuba Says) is, in my opinion, the closest thing to the
critical and timely investigative journalism we dearly need that weve
Many await the program at home to see what new problem the host, Talia
Gonzalez, will set her sights on, problems which are nothing other than
the daily frustrations of Joe, Mary and Harry, that is, of all common
The program came into existence following a congress of the Cuban
Journalists Association which did not meet most of the expectations of the
journalism sector (and much less those of the population) and at a crucial
moment in the countrys social transformation process.
The young journalist who hosts the program incisively interviews different
sectors of the population (always those directly affected by a specific
problem) and the company managers and government officials involved in the
matter, always reflecting the truth about Cuba, that Cuba many claim to
love and defend but fear exposing to criticism.
Some readers will surely ask: Why is Talia Gonzalez the only journalist
doing this kind of work? Others, like my younger brother, will likely
say: Its not worth much, because, in the end, the problems are still
there. They may all be right.
For my part, I prefer to see Cuba dice as a true portrayal of contemporary
Cuba, of the daily problems that affect common people so much and which
have nothing to do with the 50-year-old US blockade or the world economic
crisis and everything to do with ineptness, red tape and administrative
One section of the evening news and the work of a single journalist does
not of course suffice to bring about the Cuba we all dream of, a Cuba with
greater freedoms, less repression for those who think differently and
broader citizen participation in decision-making processes, but they do
point towards the path to follow. We must criticize our reality
objectively in order to improve the social project that most of us defend.
Cuba dice, Cuba says, but it also needs to do. Thats the plain truth,
which always hurts, but also heals.
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