Italian Foreign Ministry Says 4 Journalists Detained While on Assignment in Cuba Reply

By The Associated Press

MILAN – The Italian Foreign Ministry says four journalists have been detained in Cuba. The journalists work for the Mediaset TV network, the Messaggero Veneto daily and two for the Milan daily Corriere della Sera.

The Messagero Veneto said the journalists had travelled to Cuba to follow up on a double murder, seeking interviews with a Cuban who had been living in Italy and whose sister has been detained in the case. He denied in an interview with the daily any involvement by himself or his sister. The Messaggero Veneto said on its website Saturday that its correspondent faced a hearing later Saturday. The newspaper said that the four had entered the country with tourist visas and were stopped when because they were working as journalists.

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