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Cuban blogger praises Brazil's freedoms

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, center, is chanted at by pro-Castro supporters, accusing her of being a U.S. spy, upon her arrival at the Guararapes International airport, in Recife, Brazil, Monday, Feb.18, 2013. Sanchez has arrived in Brazil - her first stop in a three-month tour of 12 nations. Sanchez was barred from leaving Cuba for the last decade. But she's taking advantage of the communist island's relaxation on travel restrictions. (AP Photo/Hans von Manteuffeul-Agencia O Globo)

FEIRA DE SANTANA, Brazil (AP) -- 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.