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Reporter for official Cuban newspaper faces 10-year prison sentence on corruption charge



Jailed Cuban journalist José Antonio Torres is facing 10 years in prison for corruption charges, according to the website Observatorio Crítico Desde Cuba.

A correspondent for the official newspaper Granma, Torres has been accused of being a "CIA agent" and funneling confidential information off the island, reported the Havana Times. Months before his arrest, Torres published a report critical of a public works project to repair Havana's aqueduct. There is speculation that the arrest was ordered by public officials responsible for the multimillion dollar project, according to the website Café Fuerte.

Authorities have not released where Torres is being detained. When he was arrested in March 2011, his colleagues were shocked, considering his well-known stance favoring the regime. According to Diario de Cuba, the adoration went both ways, as Raúl Castro personally praised Torres' work.

Despite Torres' 10 months already served in jail, for the first time in 15 years, Cuba did not appear on the Committee to Protect Journalists' census of jailed reporters.



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