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U.S. To Allow News Agencies In Cuba

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WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 12) -- The Clinton Administration has decided to allow ten U.S. news agencies, including CNN, to open bureaus in Cuba.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms gave his approval to the idea earlier this month.

The decision stems from President Bill Clinton's desire to push democratic reforms in Cuba by increasing the flow of information between the U.S. and Cuba.


News organizations that initially will be granted licenses to establish bureaus are CNN, ABC, CBS, Univision, the Miami Herald, The Associated Press, the Dow Jones News Services, the Chicago Tribune, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Sun-Sentinel and CubaINFO, which is affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

The Clinton Administration decision is only half the battle. Cuba also has to give its permission for U.S. news organizations to work there. So far, CNN is the only U.S. news agency that has Cuba's OK; it got the green light in November.

Clinton announced in October 1995 that U.S. news agencies would be allowed to open up Cuba bureaus, but the February 1996 shooting down of two civilian aircraft by the Cuban Air Force delayed a formal decision.

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