Jailed Cuban Dissident
Listened Daily to VOA-Radio Marti Show “A Fondo”
November 28, 2012
One of Cuba's most prominent
dissidents, Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, says the joint Voice of America -
Radio Marti program A Fondo kept him informed about news events during
his long incarceration in a Cuban Jail.
Ferrer, who had been serving a 25 year sentence in connection with his
effort to bring about constitutional changes in Cuba, was released from
prison in March.
In an interview with VOA, the Cuban dissident called the hour-long A
Fondo, a “very good” show. He said “the particular stories, the news
selected for A Fondo, is what gives the show its quality, very
professional. I listened to the show in prison on a daily basis.”
The director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Carlos Garcia-Perez,
who oversees Radio and TV Martí, says “Mr. Ferrer’s comments are further
proof of the great risks undertaken by thousands of Cubans who seek fair
and unbiased information from outside the island, as well as the
important role of Radio Marti and the VOA in fulfilling that need."
Executive Editor and Acting Director Steve Redisch says it is “always
encouraging to hear that our programs are having an impact, and A Fondo
is a great example of Voice of America and Radio Marti working together
to produce a show that is relevant for our audiences throughout Latin
America and the Carribean.”
A Fondo is a Spanish language news magazine and interview program
focusing on regional and world news. It airs on VOA from 8 to 9, weekday
evenings and on Radio Marti from 4 to 5 in the morning.
Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, is best known as one of the organizers of the
Christian Liberation Movement's Varela Project, an effort to collect
signatures for a referendum on constitutional change in Cuba. He was
sentenced to prison in 2003 during the so called Black Spring when the
government arrested dozens of activists on the island.
He was declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International while
in Las Tunas prison and chose to remain in Cuba following his March