Diverging ideals of autonomy: Non-state media in Cuba challenging a broken media monopoly

Anne Natvig


News outlets funded by actors other than the state are broadening the range of movement for journalists in Cuba. How are these non-state outlets affecting ideals of autonomy in the state media? Through qualitative interviews, this study finds an emerging generational divide in Cuba between journalism students and journalists in state media. A majority of students want to work in non-state media because it means they can choose their own stories, have a more meaningful work day and earn more money. Most journalists are, on the other hand, sceptical of private businesses entering the media sector, and refer to the importance of ideology.


Autonomy, Cuba, journalistic roles, journalism students, normative theory, state media

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