Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez on Wednesday launched her long-awaited digital newspaper, the first media outlet since the Cuban Revolution not under state control.
Sanchez, 38, whose prize-winning blog Generacion Y is known for its critical take on her communist-ruled homeland, at 08:05 am (1205 GMT) launched her 14ymedio online newspaper, with a first edition featuring a report on overnight violence in Havana and an interview with an opposition writer. This can be a challenging feat since Cuba is known to control media outlets. Before the launch many suspected that the government will censor her or try to block distribution.
A little more than an hour after its launch, the site 14ymedio.com was hijacked and readers inside Cuba were directed to a page dedicated to scathing criticism of Sanchez by well-known pro-government writers.