Journalists are either servants of the regime or, if outside the government propaganda apparatus, were increasingly subjected to beatings, harassment, and imprisonment in 2001. As "counterrevolutionaries" they become targets for assaults in prison by state security agents. Five small news agencies established outside state control have been subjected to continued repression. Some 100 independent journalists have been branded counterrevolutionaries, particularly for their participation on the Internet. As their audience enlarges they are increasingly subjected to harassment. Foreign news agencies can hire stringers only from government offices. That limits employment opportunities for independent journalists and assures the government that overseas agencies will hire only Cuban "trusties."