Cuba Bans PC Sales to the Public

| April 5, 2002

Cuba Bans PC Sales to the Public, Julia Scheeres,
The Cuban government has effectively eliminated a once-promising connection to information--and to the free world--by banning PC sales to its citizens. All computer sales must now be authorized by the Ministry of Internal Commerce, who will approve sales only in what it considers to be 'indispensable cases.' The move, reports Julia Scheeres in, came as a response to Cuba's new wave of independent journalists, who have taken advantage of the Internet's relative free-speech liberties. Scheeres relays first-hand accounts and criticism of the ban from a Cuban government employee, who sent a copy of the resolution to Wired News and discussed the public's reaction via a Web-based e-mail account, as well as from authors of 'subversive' Web sites that report critically on Cuba's economy.
--Julie Madsen
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