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Mexican newspaper denounces delay in US visas for Cuban journalists

Mexican newspaper denounces delay in US visas for Cuban journalists

Mexico, May 7 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican digital newspaper Latitud on Saturday denounced the United States Government's delay to grant visas to Prensa Latina correspondents in New York and Washington.
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In a front-page press release, the newspaper echoes the complaint from the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA), which described as inexplicable the delay in granting visas to United Nations correspondents Ibis Frade and Ernesto Redonet.

UNCA President Valeria Robecco noted that she was surprised by the “inexplicable delay” in granting visas to these journalists who have been waiting for more than two years without receiving a response, Latitud reported.

The digital newspaper recalled that Prensa Latina has had an office at the UN headquarters for years, where correspondents have alternated, and mentioned the UNCA’s contacts over the past two years with the US mission at the UN to inquire about this irregularity that affects the news agency’s correspondents, but it has stopped replying to emails sent by Robecco.

Since December 2019, the Prensa Latina correspondents accredited at the UN have been in Havana waiting for their visas, for which they have already applied twice, because a year after submission, the process automatically expires, Latitud noted.

The United Nations Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit (MALU) renewed the accreditation of the two correspondents, despite not having their category I visas for Foreign Media Representatives, one of the requirements requested in that process.

Therefore both MALU and UNCA have expressed their intention to preserve Prensa Latina’s office in the UN building.

In a similar situation are the Prensa Latina correspondents in Washington as they have not received their visas to rejoin the office in the US capital.

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