Cuba’s Yoani Sanchez Blog Hacked After its Launch

World Today

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 was hijacked and readers inside Cuba were directed to a page dedicated to scathing criticism of Sanchez by well-known pro-government writers.