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Cuba's Black Spring

Syria today, Russia last year, Iran in 2010, Ukraine before it. When those in power decided to flex their muscle, you could count on the "Communiqué" to record the rampant free expression abuses.

Here, we highlight a story with a somewhat happy ending. In 2003, more than 75 dissidents, including 29 journalists, were rounded up in the Black Spring in Cuba, tried during secret, one-day proceedings on broad anti-state charges and sentenced to terms of up to 27 years. Eight years later, the last jailed journalist was released into exile, and Cuba is no longer one of the world's leading jailers of journalists.

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