JOSE DE CORDOBA
Cuba’s state-run Communist media got a bit of unwelcome competition on Wednesday from the island’s best-known dissident blogger.
Yoani Sánchez, who has some 608,000 Twitter followers—nearly 10 times the official Granma newspaper and five times President Raúl Castro—introduced Cuba’s first independent, general-interest website. Ms. Sánchez, 38 years old, said the newspaper had no ideological agenda and was committed to defending “truth, liberty and human rights.”
But the project, called “14ymedio,” was promptly hacked after it went live on Wednesday morning, redirecting viewers inside Cuba to a website critical of Ms. Sánchez. The cyberattack didn’t affect off-island viewers.
“Bad strategy of the Cuban government to redirect our new web 14ymedio.com,” Ms. Sánchez tweeted. “From #Cuba there is nothing as attractive as what is prohibited.”