Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Blogger Can't Go to US to Receive Award

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Blogger Can't Go to US to Receive Award

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HAVANA (AP): A Cuban blogger who has become an international sensation for offering frank criticism of her country's communist system says she has been denied government permission to travel to New York to receive a top journalism prize.

Yoani Sanchez had hoped to go to Columbia University for a Wednesday ceremony to receive her Maria Moors Cabot Prize, the oldest international award in journalism.

"Immigration just confirmed that I remain prohibited from leaving the country," she posted on her "Generation Y" blog on Monday.

There was no confirmation from the government, but Cuban authorities almost never comment on such matters.

Sanchez's husband, Reynaldo Escobar, who uses his own blog to provide searing criticism of everyday life in Cuba, said in a phone interview that his wife spent the morning discussing her travel request with immigration officials, then posted word of the denial.

In May, Cuban authorities denied Sanchez permission to fly to Madrid to accept the Ortega y Gasset Prize in digital journalism for creating Generation Y, which gets more than 1 million hits a month. …

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