January 2021: Prominent Cuban writers Abel Sierra Madero and Legna Rodríguez Iglesias were censored from La Ventana, Casa de las Américas’ information site, reported Ciber Cuba.
Casa de las Américas is one of the most important cultural institutions in Cuba.
In his Instagram account, Sierra posted “Erasing process. According to the official website of Casa de las Américas, I don’t exist and I never got a literary award from that institution. Interviews and reviews disappeared,” to which Rodríguez replied: “Me neither.”
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Sierra and Rodríguez openly criticise the repression of Castro’s regime during the Cuban Revolution.
Sierra is an essayist and professor of History of Sexuality. In 2006, he was awarded the prize Casa de las Américas for the book “Del otro lado del espejo. La sexualidad en la construcción de la nación cubana”.
Rodríguez is a recognised writer. She received two prizes from the official institutions, including the Iberoamericano de Cuento Julio Cortázar (2011) and other for theatre in 2016.
According to Ciber Cuba, they both collaborate with independent Cuban newspapers that have been accused by the government of accepting foreign funding, such as Hypermedia, Rialta, El estornudo.
Days before the censoring, La Ventana’s web site published a note accusing all independent artists, activists, and journalists of being “a small number of people that call for dialogue, but who clearly are not interested in dialogue,” reported ADN Cuba.