Cuba government filtering mobile text messages, dissidents say
By Marc Frank
HAVANA, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Cuba's Communist government is filtering mobile phone text messages for key words such as "democracy" and "human rights" and then blocking them, dissidents said on Monday.
An investigative report by blogger Yoani Sanchez and journalist Reinaldo Escobar concluded that text messages failed to reach their destinations if they contained Spanish words for democracy, human rights or hunger strike, among others, as well as the names of some dissidents.
Eliecer Avila, head of opposition youth group Somos Mas, which participated in the investigation, said 30 key words that triggered the blocking had been identified but there could be more.
"We always thought texts were vanishing because the provider is so incompetent, then we decided to check using words that bothered the government," he said.
"We discovered not just us but the entire country is being censored," he said. "It just shows how insecure and paranoid the government is."
It was not clear for how long the filter had been in place.
The full report was published by Sanchez's online newspaper, 14YMedio.com.
State telecommunications monopoly ETECSA could not be reached for comment. Continuación...