Nicaragua / Americas

Journalists attacked in Nicaragua since 1992

  
A protester holds a national flag during a demonstration against President Daniel Ortega's government in Managua, Nicaragua, on February 25, 2020. YouTube has censored independent Nicaraguan news outlets after copyright complaints from Ortega-owned media. (Reuters/Oswaldo Rivas)

YouTube censors independent Nicaraguan news outlets after copyright complaints from Ortega-owned media

Miguel Mora, director of the independent Nicaraguan news outlet 100% Noticias, oversaw its move online after its television broadcast license was revoked by the government in April 2018. He and his colleagues transferred their archives onto two YouTube accounts and used them to continue documenting the government’s repressive response to escalating protests in the months…

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A homeless man wears a face mask against the spread of COVID-19 as he walks past a mural depicting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, in Managua on April 9, 2020. Journalist Álvaro Navarro recently described to CPJ his experiences covering the pandemic in Nicaragua. (AFP/Inti Ocon)

Álvaro Navarro on covering COVID-19 in Nicaragua, Central America’s center of virus denial

Over the last two years–since protests and a government crackdown began in April 2018—Nicaraguan journalist Álvaro Navarro and his outlet, news website Artículo 66, have been a vital source of information for people looking for alternatives to the government’s discourse. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he and his team have been on the frontlines, reporting on…

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National Police officers are seen in Managua, Nicaragua, on August 24, 2019. National Police have been surveilling and harassing journalist Emiliano Chamorro. (AP/Alfredo Zuniga)

Nicaraguan journalist Emiliano Chamorro faces police harassment and surveillance

Beginning in 2019, Nicaraguan National Police officers have surveilled and harassed Emiliano Chamorro, director of the digital news outlet El Portavoz Ciudadano and a former reporter at the daily La Prensa, and his family, according to the journalist, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview.

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Supporters of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega shout slogans at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua, on March 3, 2020. Government supporters attacked several journalists covering a funeral at the church. (Reuters/Oswaldo Rivas)

Government supporters attack journalists covering funeral in Nicaragua

Amsterdam, March 5, 2020 — Nicaraguan authorities should thoroughly investigate attacks on reporters covering the funeral of writer and poet Ernesto Cardenal and ensure the safety of journalists who report on events of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A newspaper vendor sells "La Prensa" and "El Nuevo Diario" on January 18, 2019. Customs authorities have withheld ink and newsprint supplies from both papers since August 2018. (AFP/Inti Ocon)

Nicaraguan customs authorities target 2 newspapers with ink, paper seizures

Amsterdam, September 10, 2019 — Nicaraguan authorities should immediately release newsprint and ink supplies belonging to newspapers La Prensa and El Nuevo Diario, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A protester displays a Nicaraguan flag in Managua on March 16, 2019. Journalists covering anti-government protests across the country were attacked, harassed, and in some cases, detained. (AFP/Maynor Valenzuela)

Nicaragua: A crackdown in four parts

When protests erupted in Nicaragua in April last year, it was clear from the beginning that the country’s media landscape would be a battleground. One day into the unrest, the government ordered cable providers to cut the signals of at least five TV channels. By the end of the year, CPJ had documented attacks, arrests,…

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Verónica Chávez, Miguel Mora, and Lucia Pineda, after Mora and Pineda's release from prison June 11, in Managua, Nicaragua. (CPJ)

Locked in ‘small graves’: Nicaraguan journalists Mora and Pineda describe their ordeal

Miguel Mora and Lucía Pineda were arrested on December 21, 2018, in the Managua newsroom of 100% Noticias and spent 172 days in prison facing charges of “inciting violence and hate” and “promoting terrorism.” The two journalists spoke to CPJ after their June 11 release. They will receive CPJ’s 2019 International Press Freedom Award in…

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Nicaraguan journalists Miguel Mora, left, and Lucía Pineda in Managua, Nicaragua, after their release from prison on June 11, 2019. (CPJ)

CPJ welcomes release of Nicaraguan journalists Miguel Mora and Lucía Pineda

New York, June 11, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today of Miguel Mora and Lucía Pineda Ubau, the director and news director of independent digital and cable news channel 100% Noticias; the two journalists had been imprisoned since a police raid on their Managua newsroom on December 21, 2018.

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A police officer stands guard at the 100% Noticias offices in Managua, Nicaragua, on December 22, 2018. The trial of journalists Lucía Pineda and Miguel Mora was recently delayed without a new date set. (Reuters/Oswaldo Rivas)

Trial of detained Nicaraguan journalists Lucía Pineda and Miguel Mora indefinitely delayed

Miami, April 30, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today renewed its calls for Nicaraguan authorities to immediately released detained journalists Lucía Pineda and Miguel Mora. Their trial, which was scheduled to begin yesterday, was instead postponed without a new date set, according to local news reports.

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The 100% Noticias building is seen in Managua on December 22, 2018, one day after it was raided and closed by the Nicaraguan police. Two journalists from the broadcaster remain in detention. (Maynor Valenzuela/AFP)

CPJ, RSF call on Nicaragua to release two journalists held on terrorism charges

The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders today condemned the detention of two independent journalists in Nicaragua, and called on Nicaraguan authorities to immediately release them and drop all charges against them.

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