Nicaragua / Americas

  

Four staff members of Nicaragua’s La Prensa charged with conspiracy, two in detention

Guatemala City, October 14, 2022 — Nicaraguan authorities should immediately drop all criminal charges against staff members of the independent newspaper La Prensa, release two drivers held in custody, and cease harassing the outlet, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On September 29, the Nicaraguan prosecutor’s office charged four La Prensa staff members with “conspiracy…

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Bishop Rolando Alvarez

Nicaraguan government suspends at least 17 local radio and TV stations

In August 2022, Nicaragua’s telecommunications regulator ordered the suspension of at least 17 media outlets, including radio stations and local television channels, according to a list shared with CPJ by the journalists’ union Periodistas y Comunicadores de Nicaragua (PCIN). The list of suspended news outlets that PCIN shared with CPJ includes TV stations Canal San…

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Nicaraguan police raid La Prensa journalists’ homes, detain 2 media workers

Guatemala City, July 14, 2022 — Nicaraguan authorities should immediately release all staff members of La Prensa held in custody, refrain from filing criminal charges against the outlet’s staff, and cease harassing the outlet, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On July 6, police in Managua, the capital, detained two drivers working for the…

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Nicaraguan police raid, close independent news outlet Trinchera de la Noticia

Around 3 p.m. on June 10, 2022, the Nicaraguan interior ministry summoned María Alicia Talavera, the director of independent news outlet Trinchera de la Noticia, to a meeting to inform her that the Nicaraguan judiciary had canceled the outlet’s legal status and would be seizing all assets, according to a report by Spanish news agency…

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Nicaraguan publisher Juan Lorenzo Holmann convicted on money laundering charges

New York, March 24, 2022 – Nicaraguan authorities should release publisher Juan Lorenzo Holmann Chamorro from prison immediately, and should ensure that members of the press do not face criminal penalties for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On Wednesday, March 23, at the end of a three-day closed-door trial, a judge…

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CPJ condemns ‘harsh’ 9-year sentence for Nicaraguan journalist Miguel Mendoza

New York, February 17, 2021 – Nicaraguan authorities should release journalist Miguel Mendoza Urbina from prison immediately, and should ensure that members of the press do not face criminal penalties for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On Wednesday, February 16, in a closed door hearing in the Ninth Criminal District Court…

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Nicaraguan journalist Miguel Mendoza convicted on conspiracy, false news charges

Guatemala City, February 9, 2022 – Nicaraguan authorities should not contest the appeal of sports journalist Miguel Mendoza Urbina, and should cease filing criminal charges against members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. In a closed-door trial on Tuesday, February 8, Mendoza was convicted of conspiracy to undermine national integrity and…

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Why the UN’s push for a cybercrime treaty could imperil journalists simply for using the internet

Cybercrime is on the global agenda as a United Nations committee appointed to develop a treaty on the topic plans for its first meeting amid pandemic-related delays. The process is slated to take at least two years, but experts warn that such a treaty – initially proposed by Russia – could hand new tools to…

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Number of journalists behind bars reaches global high

Editor’s note: Numbers for each prison census are adjusted yearly as CPJ learns of arrests, releases, or deaths in prison. The numbers for CPJ ‘s 2021 census have been revised from 293 to 302 in accordance with this policy. For the most recent data, see cpj.org/data/imprisoned/ The number of journalists jailed around the world set another…

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A press freedom crisis unfolds in Latin America

As the number of journalists imprisoned globally for their work climbs to record highs, cases of those behind bars in Latin America remained relatively low. A total of six – three in Cuba, two in Nicaragua and one in Brazil – were in custody for their work as of December 1, according to the Committee…

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