Our hopes for a meeting with a top government official were dashed
when President Daniel Ortega, his wife (and top advisor) Rosario Murillo, and a
large presidential entourage suddenly embarked for
Ortega, as usual, did not inform the press of his trip. His
itinerary, his agenda, and his health are kept secret. There are rumors, though
nothing confirmed, that his visit to
While Ortega did not agree to meet with CPJ, we were fortunate to speak with a number of other government representatives. Among them were top human rights official Omar Cabezas (who dismissed our concerns about press freedom conditions) and Supreme Court Vice President Rafael Solís, a close advisor to Ortega. We also spoke with Dennis Schwartz, general director of the pro-government radio station Nueva Radio Ya. All of their perspectives will be included in our report.