The newly "reformed" Cuban government didn't approved the exit permit to Yoani Sánchez, to fly to Spain and receive her Ortega y Gasset Award.
For some reason that I don't know, the article that I read this morning in El Nuevo Herald online, has disappeared. Not a problem. The news is being reported here, here , here and here.
Anyway, it looks like the award and she being included in Time's 100 most influential people was not enough reason for the "reformist" to allow her to travel. Could it has something to do with saying some "inconvenient truths"?
(Maybe "they" are interpreting Times' nomination as competing against Evo "cabeza de melón" Morales, who is also in the list? just speculating...)
Ernesto Hernández Busto, the host from the blog Penúltimos Días, has been designated to go to receive the award on her behalf. He does not need a carta de libertad to travel from Barcelona to Madrid.
Tonight, May 7th 2008, the ceremony will take place.
And here is the open letter Ernesto wrote her.
Boy, you've got to love this Chinese computer without Internet+cellphone+toaster oven freedom!
Isn't that super-cool?!