Published Saturday, August 17, 1996, in the Miami Herald.
                             IN THE AMERICAS

From Herald Wire Services

CUBA Press group urges release of reporters

The Inter American Press Association on Friday urged President Fidel Castro to release three jailed independent reporters and end harassment of all Cuban journalists ``who seek to inform free of state guidance.'' In a statement issued in Miami, the press association protested the detention of Magali Pino, Bernardo Fuentes and Jorge Rive, independent journalists working for the Patria news agency. It said they have been held incommunicado at the state security jail in Camaguey since Monday. The statement also denounced attacks on -- and the threatened jailing of -- Alberto Cruz Lima, Patria bureau chief in Ciego de Avila, and threats made to Hector and Olga Valdivia, father and sister of Patria editor Roxana Valdivia, who lives in Miami. * HAVANA -- Cuba will send 110 physicians to South Africa on Monday, bringing to 206 the number of Cuban doctors serving three-year stints in the country.


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