The Listening Post has covered media stories all over Latin America - Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador and Honduras - to name just a few.

But Cuba is a notoriously difficult place to get accreditation - let alone talk to journalists. Most of the media on the island are state run. It has been that way ever since the revolution in 1959, when Fidel Castro overthrew the US-backed Batista government with a socialist one that is still in place.

Many dismiss the media in Cuba as mere relics of its Cold War past - Soviet-style propaganda machines designed to control the masses.

But now there is a diplomatic transition underway - a rapprochement with the US aimed at ending decades of animosity between the two countries.

As the relationship with Washington changes, Cuban media outlets like Granma, Juventud Rebelde, Radio Havana - will undoubtedly change too.

There has already been some reform - an opening up - of Cuban media: accreditation and access are easier to get, officials are more open to talking, although there are still plenty of red lines journalists there know better than to cross.

The Listening Post's Marcela Pizarro reports from Havana on the media landscape, the changes taking place and what is all means for journalism in Cuba. 

Source: Al Jazeera