Among several friends we’ve started a small information service through SMS. News not mentioned in the official media is sent through the mobile phone to a group of people who then send it on to others. Even though it may seem a somewhat limited channel—because the number of Cubans with cell phones is small—I have a lot of faith in its future potential. It’s enough that someone would like to pass on a brief headline to another interested person for this new information pathway to grow.
I believe we should find solutions to developing this rustic “Newsletter.” Perhaps those who want to help could create a website where we can leave our mobile number and then we can get the news for free. We live in a country where distributing a newspaper on paper could result in our being penalized for the crime of “enemy propaganda,” hence the virtual pathways need to be strengthened… at least while they haven’t created a new law to prohibit them. As it happens, we already have a group a Cubans using our mobiles to expand our sources of information. This little accessory hanging from the hip could well come to be all the newspapers we lack at the kiosks.