Dialogue in Camagüey on the social responsibility of journalists and intellectuals

Text and photo: Lázaro David Najarro Pujol

Camagüey, Cuba, Aug 19.- The social responsibility of journalists and intellectuals was debated in a meeting held in the city of Camagüey, as a continuation of the national dialogue Los 60 de la UNEAC in the context of actions for the six decades of the foundation of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), which is celebrated this August 22.

Sergio Morales Vera, president of the provincial committee of the UNEAC in Camagüey, pondered the role of the press and the artistic avant-garde in the current international situation to counteract the communication campaign that the United States government is developing to discredit the Cuban social process.

He referred to the investiture carried out by the enemies of the revolution before, during and after the vandalism and social unrest of July 11 that deserved the firm response of the working people.

Meanwhile, the film critic and vice president of the UNEAC, Armando Pérez Padrón, pointed out that in the face of aggressive, rude and disrespectful language stimulated from the north, decency and the message of love and peace prevail. He evoked the National Hero of Cuba, José Martí, who advocated: “Words dishonor when they do not carry behind a clean and whole heart.

From UNEAC we are calling for the unity of Cubans in solving the country’s problems”, said Pérez Padrón.

Miguel Febles Hernández, correspondent for the Granma newspaper in the province of Camagüey, highlighted the importance of this dialogue with the people and especially with young people. He questioned the vaunted imperial freedom of expression manifested with violence, vandalism and looting.

The director of the Camagüey’s Folkloric company, Reinaldo Echemendía Estrada, emphasized the need for informative immediacy, a deep response.

Jorge Santos Caballero, president of the UNEAC Literature section in the territory, pointed out the need to deepen even more about Cuban historical knowledge, which he considered complex, uninterrupted and of unity according to the political thought defended by the Major General Antonio Maceo in the Baraguá Protest (March 15, 1878).

As the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, pointed out, on the occasion of the centenary of the historic gesture: “With the Baraguá Protest it reached its highest point, it reached its climax, the patriotic spirit of our people reached its peak; and that the flags of the homeland and of the revolution, of the true revolution, with independence and with social justice, were placed in their highest place”.

The president of the provincial committee of the Union of Journalist of Cuba, Yuldys Márquez Díaz, referred to the importance of developing communication strategies with solid arguments to counteract the hate campaigns and the avalanche of false news, created intentionally.

The validity of the reflection of the Apostle of Cuban Independence, José Martí, was confirmed when on April 10, 1895, already in Cap Haitian, about to embark with Máximo Gómez and other companions for Cuba, he wrote: the greatest war that is made to us: let’s win it by thought.

At the meeting, the provincial committee of the UNEAC congratulated the journalist Miozotis Fabelo Pinares, National Radio Prize 2021, with a work by the plastic artist Roberto Estrada Alonso.  (Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez)

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