Yoani Sanchez: Cuban blogger to address Latino event

MIAMI (AP) -- Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez is scheduled to address a mix of journalists, filmmakers and corporate public relations executives at this year's annual Hispanicize conference in Miami.

Sanchez's blog Generation Y focuses on slices of life in Cuba, highlighting government dysfunction. Conference organizers say they asked her to speak Tuesday because of her powerful use of social media to break through the Cuban government's strict control of public discourse on the island.

Now in its fifth year, Hispanicize is dedicated to creating space for Latino bloggers, artists and journalists, as well as to connecting companies with the nation's fast-growing Hispanic markets.

In 2013, Sanchez toured the U.S. and Europe. Internationally, she is one of Cuba's most recognized activists, boasting 600,000 Twitter followers. Back home, though, she is less well-known.


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