CASTRO MEETS WITH U.S. NEWSPAPER EDITORS.
President Fidel Castro met over the weekend in Havana with a
32-member delegation of U.S. newspaper editors, reports Radio
Havana's news service (October 26, 1998). The President of the
American Newspaper Editor's Association, Edward Seaton, said the
six-hour meeting was "very interesting." During the meeting,
it was pointed out that the U.S. Helms-Burton Law -- which reinforces
Washington's almost 40-year blockade against the island -- prevents
the opening of permanent Cuban press agencies in the U.S. The U.S. news
agency Cable News Network (CNN) opened a permanent bureau in Cuba in
March of last year. Other U.S. news agencies are granted temporary visas
for their special correspondents on the island.