Cuba: Singer Pablo Milan


03 October 2011

Singer allegedly banned from public broadcasting

Songs of the famous Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés have been banned on Cubas nationwide network of radio stations from 26 September 2011, reported Café Fuerte.

Pablo Milanes has been a symbol of Cuban revolutionary culture for decades, but he now seems to have ended his days of glory in the state-owned Cuban radio.

A censorship order allegedly was transmitted orally by an unidentified person from the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television to local stations broadcasting in eastern provinces such as Holguin, Santiago de Cuba and Granma. Radio officials are quoted as saying that they do not expect to receive it in writing.

A source close to the artist in Havana confirmed that versions of the censorship order had been circulating since 26 September.

The Cuban Institute of Radio and Television controls 96 stations in 72 different municipalities, 17 provinces, including six national channels and the international Radio Habana Cuba. 22 of the stations are located in Havana.

The Radio and Television institute and the Ministry of Culture operate as separate institutions, without mutual dependence. The Ministry of Culture are said to have denied that any censorship of music takes place.

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