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Cuba shakes up leadership at 2 prominent papers

October 9, 2013

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban authorities are shaking up the leadership at two of the country’s most prominent newspapers.

Communist Party newspaper Granma says director Lazaro Barredo is being replaced by Pelayo Terry Cuervo, who previously headed the party’s youth organ, Juventud Rebelde.

Juventud Rebelde deputy director Marina Menendez Quintero is being promoted to lead that newspaper.

A brief story in Granma on Wednesday says the goal is to achieve “renewal.” The decision was made by the Communist Party’s powerful Political Bureau.

President Raul Castro challenged Cuban journalists in 2011 to be bolder with “objective, constant and critical reporting.”

However there has been little discernible change since then in island media, which rarely venture from the official line.

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