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US Journalists Banned from Cuban Press Conference

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro meet for an informal talk on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, April 11, 2015.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro meet for an informal talk on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, April 11, 2015.

Cuban security forces escorted out an American journalist crew from a news conference with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Panama.

Reporter Karen Caballero and cameraman Rudy Hernandez of U.S. government-funded broadcaster TV Martí were credentialed to cover the events at the Summit of the Americas Saturday that would include the historic meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.

Cuban officials insisted they were within their rights to choose who could cover the news conference, and that they wanted "unbiased, serious press" to question the Cuban delegation.

Caballero is a noted TV Martí host and reporter.

"The fact that Karen and Rudy were forced out of the press conference is further indication of the ongoing lack of press freedom in Cuba," said Carlos García Pérez, director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which includes Radio and TV Martí.

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