Cuban Five Book Too “Incendiary” for Miami Radio Station

libro-loquehayWashington, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) A radio station in Miami city, USA, canceled an interview with the author of the book What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five, saying it was “too incendiary.”
WLRN, a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate, sent an email to Canadian writer Stephen Kimber cancelling the interview, which was scheduled to be broadcast live.

“Iâ�Öm sorry to say that Topical Currents host/exec prod, Joseph Cooper, has told me to cancel the interview with Stephen Kimber,” the email reads.

“After looking over the book and accompanying material…he feels that the topic is too ‘incendiary’ and fears a negative reaction from certain segments of the community,” continues the email, which was posted on Kimber’s official webpage.

Kimber, a professor at the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax, wrote “that email tells you everything you need to knowâ�”and moreâ�”about why it was impossible to find an unbiased jury in Miami to hear the case of the Cuban Five.”

He said the book explained why it was even more important today�15 years later, with four of the five still in American prisons�for Americans to learn the facts about this case.

Kumber began a book tour in the northeastern United States on Sept. 11, organized by the International Committee to Free the Five. His book has been described as the most comprehensive English-language source on the case of the Five.

The tour is one of a number of international activities taking place from Sept. 5 to Oct. 6 to demand the release of the Five, marking 15 years since their arrest, imprisonment and rigged trial in Miami, where they faced false charges.

Gerardo Hernandez, René González, Ramon Labañino, Fernando González and Antonio Guerrero, were arrested on Sept. 12, 1998. Their job was to infiltrate and report on Miami-based groups planning terrorist attacks against Cuba.

“Since then there has been little coverage of the case though is in the center of the current relations between Cuba and the United States,” Kimber said.

What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five is the result of research that includes the author’s review of more than 20,000 pages of court records and thousands of legal documents from the longest case in American history.

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