BBC News breaks silence on the Five

News from Cuba | Sunday, 28 February 2010

BBC television news broadcast a rare television news report on the Cuban Five (known as the Miami 5 in the UK) as part of a series of reports from the island on 24 February.

The report featured an interview with Miami Five prisoner Rene Gonzalez, and his wife Olga Salanueva who has not seen her husband for almost ten years as the US government continues to deny her a visa to visit him.

The BBC has covered the case before, in January 2008 by running a radio interview with lawyer Leonard Weinglass, one of the defense team, and in July 2007, BBC World Service interviewed Gerardo Gonzalez, another one of the five Cubans unjustly imprisoned in the US for fighting terrorist attacks against Cuba. However, this report was the first time the case had been reported on national BBC television news in such detail.

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