La Prensa

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A press freedom crisis unfolds in Latin America

As the number of journalists imprisoned globally for their work climbs to record highs, cases of those behind bars in Latin America remained relatively low. A total of six – three in Cuba, two in Nicaragua and one in Brazil – were in custody for their work as of December 1, according to the Committee…

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CPJ joins statement calling on international groups to address press freedom violations in Nicaragua

The Committee to Protect Journalists yesterday joined five other organizations in a joint statement calling on international policymakers and human rights institutions to condemn human rights violations in Nicaragua and pressure authorities to protect press freedom and freedom of expression in the country. The statement documents Nicaraguan authorities’ most recent acts of censorship and harassment…

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Panama court freezes La Prensa’s assets amid defamation suit by former president

Managua, July 10, 2020 –  Panamanian authorities should immediately restore Corporación La Prensa’s access to its financial assets, and ensure that legal actions do not censor the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 4, a Panamanian civil court ordered a freeze on the assets and bank accounts of Corporación La Prensa,…

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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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Protests in Managua. Journalists in Nicaragua say they have been beaten, attacked, and had equipment stolen during months of protests against President Daniel Ortega. (Shannon O'Reilly)

Nicaragua’s press defiant in the face of arson attacks and mob violence

At the temporary office of Radio Darío in the Nicaraguan city of León, reporters have set up two emergency escape routes: a trap door that opens into the dining room of the house next door and a ladder leading to the roof.

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Protesters stand behind a burned bus during an anti-government rally in Tipitapa, Nicaragua on June 14. A Nicaraguan reporter who is covering the unrest says armed attackers broke into his home, beat him, and stole his identification documents. (Reuters/Oswaldo Rivas)

Armed attackers rob, threaten Nicaraguan reporter in his home

Two armed men broke into the home of newspaper reporter Josué Garay in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua early on June 10, 2018, beat him and stole his phone and identification documents, the journalist told CPJ by phone. Garay told CPJ he believes the attack was an attempt to intimidate him and discourage him from…

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Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega with his wife, Rosario Murillo, at a memorial for Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in 2014. Independent journalists say Murillo controls press access to Ortega. (Reuters/Oswaldo Rivas)

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

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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HKND Group chairman Wang Jing celebrates the start of work on Nicaragua's interoceanic waterway in December. Reporters say little information has been released on the $50 billion project. (AFP/STR)

Reporters covering Nicaragua waterway project obstructed by lack of information

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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