Nick MiroffApril 30, 2010 18:09Updated May 30, 2010 12:31
HAVANA, Cuba — In June 1961, Fidel Castro summoned Cuba’s leading writers and intellectuals to a meeting at Havana’s Biblioteca Nacional. There, he issued a warning that would regulate speech on the island for the next 50 years.
“Within the Revolution, everything. Against the Revolution, nothing,” the 34-year-old Castro famously said.
In other words, public criticism of Castro’s socialist system would be allowed — but only if its intent was to support the government, not oppose it.