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Journalists killed in Nicaragua since 1992

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Journalist killed while covering protests in eastern Nicaragua

April 24, 2018 5:34 PM ET

New York, April 24, 2018--Nicaraguan authorities should investigate journalist Ángel Eduardo Gahona's death and ensure that reporters can do their work without fear of violence or censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Gahona, the director of the local, independent television program El Meridiano, was fatally shot on...

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In Nicaragua, TV channels blocked, journalists injured while covering pension protests

April 20, 2018 5:29 PM ET

New York, April 20, 2018--At least nine journalists have been injured and at least five independent television channels have been blocked in Nicaragua, as escalating protests against pension reform since April 18 have left at least three people dead, according to news reports....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests in Nicaragua

April 20, 2018 4:10 PM ET

Demonstrations began in Nicaragua on April 18, as thousands of civilians in several cities protested changes to the country's social security system, according to reports. At least three people, including a protester and a police officer, were killed in clashes, The Associated Press reported....

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Long silence from Nicaragua's president as first lady keeps press at arm's length

March 24, 2015 5:04 PM ET

It's been nearly 3,000 days since Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega last held a news conference, according to the opposition newspaper La Prensa. But when journalists complain about the lack of access to Ortega they often direct their ire not at the president but at the first lady, Rosario Murillo....

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Reporters covering Nicaragua waterway project obstructed by lack of information

February 24, 2015 12:16 PM ET

When Nicaragua began preliminary work on an interoceanic waterway designed to handle ships too big for the Panama Canal, some of the foreign correspondents who had flown in to cover the December groundbreaking were left high and dry....

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CPJ urges OAS not to weaken human rights system

March 18, 2013 12:40 PM ET

Dear OAS Ministers of Foreign Affairs: Ahead of the assembly of the Organization of American States on Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists urges you to oppose any attempts to debilitate the regional human rights system. The failure of member states to preserve the autonomy and independence of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and its special rapporteur on freedom of expression would make citizens throughout the hemisphere more vulnerable to human rights violations and represent a blow to democracy in the Americas.

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Attacks on the Press: How the Americas Failed Press Freedom

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

A system to defend free expression is under attack from foes and former allies. By Carlos Lauría...

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Attacks on the Press: Beyond Article 19

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

The right to news and opinion is enshrined in international law. It's not enough. By Joel Simon...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: State Media As Anti-Media Tool

February 21, 2012 11:30 PM ET

In some Latin American countries, state-owned media are used not only for propaganda but as platforms to smear critics, including journalists. Some elected leaders have even invested in large multimedia holdings to further their agendas. By Carlos Lauría...

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Secretive Ortega frustrates Nicaraguan press

November 7, 2011 1:08 PM ET

It used to be that covering the Nicaraguan presidency was a coveted job for reporters. Now, it's a frustrating exercise that borders on stenography....

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