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Event: Blogging for Democracy: Cuba, the European Union and the influence of Web 2.0

30 Nov -1

MEPs Franziska Brantner,  José Ignacio Salafranca and  Marietje Schaake cordially invite you to

Blogging for Democracy

Cuba, the European Union and the influence of Web 2.0

"Yoani Sánchez fights tropical totalitarianism, one blog post at a time" (Wall Street Journal)

May 15, 2013 12:30-14:00 European Parliament Brussels Room ASP 5E1

a light sandwich lunch will be served and EN-ES / ES-EN interpretation will be provided

Introductory Remarks: Franziska Brantner, Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Greens/EFA) Speakers: Yoani Sánchez, (Blogger from Cuba) Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament (ALDE) Benoit Hervieu, Reporters Sans Frontièrs (Expert for the Americas) Conclusion: José Ignacio Salafranca, Spokesperson on the Foreign Affairs Committee (EPP) Causing much sensation with her online - and also real life - interventions, Yoani Sánchez is the protagonist of the Cuban Blogger movement. Her Blog Generation Y imposingly mirrors the repressive implications of Cuban politics on every-day-life. She is winning international prices and receiving invitations all over the world. Having been refused to leave Cuba all her life - in February 2013 for the first time Yoani was granted permission to leave the country. Since then she is travelling throughout the globe. Now the journey has brought her to the European Parliament. We need an open debate about the situation in Cuba and the Blogger Movement as a possibility to raise one's voice regardless of the media censorship in Cuba. The conference also challenges how EU-Cuba policy is seen on the island as well as what future role the EU should play. The event will be web-streamed under Please confirm your participation by email to until Monday, 13 May, 11:00. If you need accreditation for the European Parliament please send your: Name, first name, date of birth, nationality, type of Doc (ID, passport) and N° Passport/ID.