Miami Paper Criticized for Firing Anti-Castro Pundits

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The Miami Herald, which fired three reporters who took money for appearing on the anti-Castro broadcasts Radio and TV Marti, is feeling a backlash for its actions.

Miami's anti-Castro community calls the firings of two reporters and a freelancer from the paper's Spanish-language edition an example of how the Herald is in the pocket of the Castro regime.

The paper's publisher, the reporter who wrote the initial story on the decision and one of the columnists who defended it are all Cuban-American.

The paper has twice attempted to defuse the criticism. First, the Herald ran an editorial defending its decision to fire the reporters — an editorial in which the writers explicitly stated that the paper is no fan of Castro.

And Sunday, the paper took the unusual step of printing a "Letter from the Publisher" on the paper's front page.

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