Cuban blogger praises Brazil's freedoms

Published On: Feb 19 2013 03:36:01 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 19 2013 06:11:40 PM EST
FEIRA DE SANTANA, Brazil -

Dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez says she's impressed by the freedom of expression she's witnessing during a visit to Brazil and sees the country as a model for her Communist-run homeland.

Sanchez is here on the first leg of a world tour after being allowed to leave the island for the first time in nearly a decade.

She was hounded after her Monday arrival by Cuban government supporters. The screening of a documentary she appears in was subsequently cancelled.

The blogger told reporters on Tuesday that she hopes that in 20 years she can be a journalist in a new Cuba where government censorship doesn't exist.

Sanchez's ability to leave her homeland was seen as a test of a new law that eliminated an exit permit required for five decades.