A Place Under Siege: Self-Censorship Strategies among Cuban State Media Journalists
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionBrazilian Journalism Research (Braz. journal. res.). 2019, 15 (2), 358-380. 10.25200/BJR.v15n2.2019.1172
This article analyses how enemy images of the US in Cuba affect journalists in the Cuban state media. For the political elite, the image of US imperialistic interests has legitimated their continuing control over the media. Within these limits, journalists negotiate between professional ideals and a responsibility to protect the country. Journalists accept self-censorship of stories that, in theory, damage Cuban interests. At the same time, journalists see the US threat as inflated, and worry about the lack of relevant information available to the public. While journalists oppose censorship and self-censorship on everyday issues, attempts to change these practices are confined to theoretical discussions.