Daniel Ortega

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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of the independent Nicaraguan news outlet 100% Noticias, oversaw its move online after its television broadcast license was revoked by the government in April 2018.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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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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Journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro speaks during an interview with Reuters in Managua, Nicaragua, December 24, 2018. On January 20, 2019, Chamorro announced that he had fled to Costa Rica. (Reuters/Oswaldo Rivas)

Prominent journalist Chamorro flees Nicaragua after threats, newsroom raid

Miami, January 22, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed grave concern about news that Carlos Fernando Chamorro, one of Nicaragua’s most prominent independent journalists, has fled the country. Chamorro announced on Twitter on January 20 that he fled to Costa Rica due to threats against him from the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

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CPJ, international journalists express deep concern over deteriorating press freedom climate in Nicaragua, call for release of detained reporters

CPJ and more than 200 international journalists write to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to express deep concern over the recent escalation of aggression against media outlets and journalists covering civil unrest and documenting human rights abuses by police and paramilitary groups.

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A local photographer makes a video of journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro's office the day after it was raided by the national police in Managua, Nicaragua. (REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas)

Nicaraguan police raid independent news organization, take equipment and documents

Bogotá, December 14, 2018–Nicaraguan police last night broke into one of the country’s few remaining independent news organizations and hauled away documents, computers, and TV cameras, according to news website Confidencial, which is one of the outlets affected, and other news reports.

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Radio Darío staff in their temporary studio. Arsonists set fire to the station's headquarters in April. (Shannon O'Reilly)

Nicaraguan police raid independent Radio Dario

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, December 6, 2018–Nicaraguan authorities should stop harassing independent media outlets and allow them to report without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A memorial for slain journalist Angel Eduardo Gahona in Managua, Nicaragua, on April 26, 2018. Two men were convicted in Gahona's killing on August 27, in a trial that was criticized as unfair. (Reuters/Oswaldo Rivas)

Nicaragua convicts two men in journalist’s killing in trial criticized as unfair

Bogotá, Colombia, August 29, 2018–A Nicaraguan court on August 27 found two men guilty in the shooting death of journalist Ángel Eduardo Gahona in a trial that the journalist’s widow, defense lawyers, and human rights groups characterized as flawed. CPJ today called on authorities to conduct a transparent investigation and trial to ensure that Gahona’s…

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Anti-government protesters take part in a demonstration against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government in Managua, Nicaragua, on August 15, 2018. The next week, the Nicaraguan government launched a campaign of harassment against independent TV station Channel 10. (Reuters/Oswaldo Rivas)

Nicaraguan government launches campaign of harassment against Channel 10

Bogotá, Colombia, August 24, 2018–The Nicaraguan government has launched a campaign of harassment against the independent TV station Channel 10, which has criticized President Daniel Ortega for ordering deadly attacks on anti-government protesters over the past four months, according to news reports.

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At a national dialogue with President Daniel Ortega in May 2018, a woman holds up a newspaper showing images of people who died in protests in Nicaragua. More media outlets are providing hard-hitting news about the violent crackdown. (AP/Alfredo Zuniga)

In Nicaragua, Ortega’s control over the media slips even as a government crackdown intensifies

Nicaragua’s four-month-old popular uprising has not only weakened President Daniel Ortega’s grip on power: it has eroded his government’s control over the news.

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