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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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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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CPJ testimony: Press freedom in the Americas

June 16, 2010 4:34 PM ET

CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, saying that while democracies are prevalent in Latin America, the press continues to operate with few institutional protections. This statement was submitted into the record on Monday....

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Sale of private broadcaster sparks concerns in Nicaragua

January 21, 2010 3:14 PM ET

The sale of private television station Telenica Channel 8, one of Nicaragua’s most popular broadcasters, has sparked immediate controversy. Carlos Briceño, left, who previously owned the station, recently confirmed that he had sold the station but said that a confidential contract has forbid him from revealing the name of the...

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Fighting back against Nicaragua's war on the media

July 2, 2009 4:22 PM ET

What is happening in Nicaragua when it comes to press freedom? A CPJ report found that President Daniel Ortega is waging a war against the media. It consists of smear campaigns, legal and economic pressures, verbal and physical attacks, and a rigorous information embargo against the critical and independent media....

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Lively debate on the state of press freedom in Managua

July 2, 2009 2:53 PM ET

Minutes after I woke up to get ready for the presentation of a CPJ report on press freedom conditions in Nicaragua, I turned on the TV. Nicaragua was shaken by the sudden death of Managua's mayor, Alexis Arguello, who was found at home with a gunshot wound to his chest....

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Mission Journal: Nicaragua slides backward

April 6, 2009 4:44 PM ET

Nicaragua's press freedom conditions have seriously deteriorated in the last year, local journalists and free press advocates told Americas Senior Program Coordinator Carlos Lauría and me during a weeklong visit to Managua. We concluded our mission on Friday and will issue a report next month on the nation's press conditions....

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Mission Journal: Lost in Managua

April 2, 2009 11:42 AM ET

There are few street names and no addresses in Managua, a famously disorganized city whose downtown was destroyed in a 1972 earthquake and never rebuilt.  To find a house, office, or government building you need directions which are only intelligible to locals. Here are couple of examples:...

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After outcry, Nicaragua drops case against critical editor

January 30, 2009 4:05 PM ET

The Nicaraguan attorney general's office has dropped a criminal investigation into a nonprofit journalism organization headed by the prominent editor Carlos Fernando Chamorro Barrios after finding no evidence of wrongdoing. A remarkable number of media groups and individuals, including CPJ, spoke out against the investigation as politically motivated....

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