Dangerous Dialogue

Revisited Threats to Freedom of Expression Continue in Miami’s Cuban Exile Community

In 1992, we released a report (see B407) documenting instances of harassment and intimidation against members of the Miami Cuban exile community who expressed moderate political views regarding the government of Fidel Castro or relations with Cuba. In addition to intimidation by private actors, the report found significant responsibility by the U.S. government at all levels. We have continued to monitor free expression in Miami and have noted some improvements, particularly in the apparent diminution of direct government involvement or complicity in repressive activities. Overall, however, the atmosphere for unpopular political speech remains marked by fear and danger, while government officials maintain a conspicuous silence.

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