June 6, 2019 at 10:59 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Publisher of Blade’s Cuba media partner visits DC
Maykel González Vivero, publisher of Tremenda Nota, the Washington Blade’s media partner, visits the Blade offices in D.C. on June 2, 2019. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The publisher of the Washington Blade’s media partner in Cuba was in D.C. this week.

Maykel González Vivero, publisher of Tremenda Nota, arrived in the nation’s capital on June 1 in order to participate in a program for journalists from Latin America.

González visited the Blade’s offices on Sunday.

He traveled to Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday. González will travel to Kentucky, Texas and Massachusetts with other program participants before he returns to Cuba.

Tremenda Nota covers LGBTI Cubans and other minority groups on the Communist island.

The Cuban government in February blocked access to Tremenda Nota’s website on the island ahead of a referendum on the country’s new constitution.

Authorities in October 2016 arrested González in Baracoa, a city in eastern Cuba, while he reported on the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. González and his partner, Carlos Alejandro Rodríguez Martínez, who is Tremenda Nota’s editor, were taken into custody in September 2017 when they tried to interview a Cuban Communist Party official in their hometown of Sagua la Grande, a city in Cuba’s Villa Clara province, about Hurricane Irma preparations.

Yariel Valdés González, a Blade contributor from Cuba who has worked for Tremenda Nota, has asked for asylum in the U.S. He is currently in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in Louisiana.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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