Yoani Sánchez at the Federal Foreign Office

Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle met with Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez in Berlin on 7 May. Her blog “Generación Y” describing daily life in her home country has made Sánchez a well know figure.

The blog is often attacked by hackers. Sánchez has repeatedly been publicly vilified and even arrested. In 2008, she received the Ortega y Gasset journalism award given by the Spanish newspaper El Pais. For years she had been prevented from traveling abroad, but a change in Cuba’s travel laws in 2013 brought relief.

Since then she has visited eight countries. In Berlin, she is currently taking part in the re:publica conference, which deals with new trends in digital society. It is an ideal stage for Yoani Sánchez to speak openly and freely with other international internet activists and to spend time networking with them.

She is also taking time to get to know Berlin. On her twitter account @yoanisanchez she has described her visit to the Jewish Museum and many of the city’s galleries.

Last updated 07.05.2013

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