Roberto Guerra Pérez
A self-taught journalist, Guerra Pérez was born and raised in the Eastern part of Cuba, where he faced extreme poverty growing up. Juggling several jobs to support his family since the age of 9, he had to quit school at 14. He worked as a farmer, an administrator for a Cattle Company, a salesman, a security guard, and even a baker.
In 2003, after recently moving to El Vedado in Havana, he met dissidents and human rights activists. His new connections inspired him to join the opposition movement as a way to channel his disenchantment with the Cuban revolution. After his first hunger strike in 2005, he was sentenced to 2 years in prison for public disorder. It wouldn't be his last hunger strike (8) nor his last detention (180).
In 2009, he founded the Hablemos Press Information Center as an independent news agency to break through government censorship and inform the world about events that the official media tries to silence. His objective was to create a system for gathering and disseminating information and for training journalists and collaborators all over Cuba.
Today, Hablemos Press counts more than 100 collaborators, its own website – reaching more than 1,000 visitors per day – more than 250 videos on YouTube and 400-600 weekly copies of the Hablemos Press newspaper. They report from and for Cuba on politics, culture, commerce, ﬁnance, art, literature, and sports—anything that’s news. And they continue to do it despite government repression against their journalists.