U.S. AT&T Expands Censure to Cuban News Websites

Washington, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Computer and telecom company AT&T has expanded its censorship in the United States to all Cuban news websites, the journalist Edmundo Garcia is charging.

According to Garcia, starting last weekend the firm prevented its customers from accessing any site at a domain.cu

Garcia, who lives in Miami, said that last Tuesday AT&T blocked online access to alternative news portals CubaDebate and Cubasí.

“When AT&T users try to enter to Cuban sites from the U.S. they see ‘unknown server,’ said the journalist, who urged people to switch to other telecommunications companies such as Comcast, Verizon or T-Mobile.

“I have no doubt that politics are behind it. Someone in the U.S. government or some political group has asked AT&T to do this”, he said.

He said that as such, it would be a violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects the rights to freedom of expression without interference from federal authorities.

Garcia also said he has evidence of intimate relationships between AT&T and the MasTec company belonging to the Cuban-American Mas Canosa family, which is tightly connected with extreme rightwing anti-Cuban groups residing in Miami.