Camila Acosta’s release to house arrest was confirmed by the Spanish newspaper for which she was working when she was detained in Havana
Journalist Camila Acosta, detained on Monday, 12, while covering civilian arrests in Cuba for the Spanish newspaper “ABC”, she was released to serve house arrest in the country this Friday, 16. The information was confirmed by the Spanish newspaper, which claims that Acosta is a correspondent in the city of Havana. The Cuban government, however, denies her profession, as the journalist does not have official accreditation for the foreign press. The professional has been detained on other occasions and worked for one of the island’s main opposition sites, Cubanet. According to the ABC, she was detained for “offenses against the security of the state”. NGOs across the country estimate that at least 140 people have been detained because of the protests that took place last weekend. One person’s death was confirmed by the Cuban government. The journalist did not position herself on social networks, which were partially blocked in the country, after her release.
Acosta is part of a group of at least three media professionals who have been victims of repression by the Cuban government since the start of the anti-government protests. On Sunday, a video journalist from Agência Press had his equipment broken by a group of supporters of President Miguel Díaz-Canel. A photojournalist from the same media group had to be hospitalized after suffering injuries to his nose and eye by Cuban police. Both do well. Even with the testimony of the attacks in videos and photos, the country’s president made an official statement on Monday denying any kind of repression at the demonstrations, a speech considered as an “inflammatory rhetoric of war and confrontation” by Amnesty International, for whom the speech of the Cuban government generates “a violent environment against those who demand accountability and the free exercise of their rights”.