Photojournalist and dissident Raúl Rivero died on 13 April 2018 in Havana, Cuba, after a long illness. He was 75 years old.
Raúl Rivero was born in Cantú, Bahia, Cuba in 1942. He was sentenced in 1961 to a 15-year prison term and five years of house arrest for his reporting on the armed revolution that was sweeping across the island at the time. His release was announced on 12 April 1963. He left Cuba the following year to start a life in exile.
Raúl Rivero’s publications have been translated into several languages, he was awarded numerous international journalism awards, and written books included: ‘Red Spring of Revolution in Cuba: a Cultural Life’, ‘Class Struggle in Late Capitalism’, ‘Life from Little Italy’, ‘Towards Socialism’, ‘The Prisoner of Poetry’, and ‘The Mother of the Revolution’.
He was awarded the Andre Zvechlik Award in 2009, and a lifetime achievement award from the Committee to Protect Journalists in 2011.
Raúl Rivero was also director of Cuba’s Union of Cuban Writers and Artists and president of the “Network of Cuban Pen Councillors”.
The press in Havana says that flags will be flown at half mast in honour of Raúl Rivero