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Spain’s foreign minister said the Cuban government’s decision to revoke press credentials for journalists working for the Spanish state news agency in Havana is “unacceptable”.

MADRID – Spain’s Foreign Minister said on Monday that the Cuban government’s decision to revoke press credentials for journalists working for the Spanish news agency in Havana was “unacceptable” and demanded that all credentials be returned .

The Cuban government has given no explanation for its decision to revoke six EFE press titles last Saturday, two days before the planned protest marches in Havana that have generated tensions.

“We don’t think it’s okay to revoke credentials for no reason. Freedom of the press is vital in any country in the world, ”said Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares.

But the Cuban official said he could not attend Monday’s talks due to COVID-19, providing no further explanation.

Albares said Juan Fernández Trigo, Spain’s Secretary of State for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, discussed the matter over the phone with the charge d’affaires.

Albares said he had also asked the Spanish ambassador to Cuba to “stay abreast” of the matter.

The Cuban government revoked the credentials of six journalists, including three text reporters, two photographers and a cameraman. Two of them, a screenwriter and a cameraman, had their passes returned on Sunday.

Gabriela Cañas, president of the EFE, said the referral of two references was “insufficient”. Albares said: “We will not stop demanding the return of all identifying information.”

Another journalist working for foreign media, Abraham Jiménez Enoa, a regular contributor to the Washington Post, was not allowed to leave his home by the authorities.

It is not uncommon for the Cuban government to restrict the movement of journalists, especially when protests are expected.

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