Cuban Filtering

An AP report suggests that many anti-government sites are blocked in Cuba.

He defended Cuba’s “rational and efficient” use of the Internet, which puts computers in schools and government computer clubs while prohibiting home connections for most citizens and blocking many sites with anti-government material.

Now, it is a bit unclear if the Cuban Communications Minister, Ramiro Valdes, said that “many sites” are blocked in Cuba or if it is AP editorializing but its been my limited experience with the Cuban Internet that in fact very few sites are blocked.

This is also backed up by an RSF report:

At the Correos de Cuba and the hotels, you have access to practically all news websites such as,, El Nuevo Herald (a Miami-based Spanish-language daily) and even to dissident sites. This is also the case for government employees with a computer and Internet access.

There is hardly any censorship of the Internet in Internet cafes. Tests carried out by Reporters Without Borders showed that most Cuban opposition websites and the sites of international human rights organisations can be accessed using the “international” network. In China, filtering for key-words makes it impossible to access webpages containing “subversive” words. But, by testing a series of banned terms in Internet cafes, Reporters Without Borders was able to established that no such filtering system has been installed in Cuba.

There is evidence of systems of control and surveillance but a massive filtering system does not seem to be one of them.

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