Monday 20 September 2021

La Prensa runs blank front page in protest of Ortega regime

Paying the bills

Latest

Today’s Vehicle Restriction September 20: Plates ending in “1 & 2” CANNOT circulate

QCOSTARICA - For today, Monday, September 20, despite being...

Athleta women’s brand opened its first store outside North America in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Gap Inc.'s Athleta brand announced the opening...

Carlos Alvarado: Vaccine retention ‘delays global solution and increases risk of new virus variables’

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado showed his...

Top 8 Ways To Make Money in 2021

There are many legal ways to make money in...

Otto Guevara compares Daniel Salas with a dictator for sanitary measures

QCOSTARICA - The vehicle restriction of odds and evens...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction September 19: “EVEN” ending plates CANNOT circulate

QCOSTARICA - For today, September 19, vehicles with EVEN...

What are we celebrating?

QCOSTARICA - From the gallows humor department is the...
Paying the bills

Share

Nicaragua’s oldest and most-widely read newspaper, La Prensa, published its Friday edition with a blank front page in protest against what it says is the government’s withholding of ink, paper and other materials needed for its printing press since September.

La Prensa circulated on Friday in the streets of Managua with a blank front page

In a Friday editorial, the newspaper asked: “Have you imagined living without information?,” and complained that the government of President Daniel Ortega had impounded its supply of printing materials for 20 weeks.

“We don’t know how much longer we can keep printing the newspaper. Maybe two more months, maybe until tomorrow,” Jaime Chamorro Cardenal, director of La Prensa, said.

- Advertisement -

Human rights organizations and independent media say the government of Daniel Ortega is attacking freedom of expression.

 

Holding up the blank front page, La Prensa director Jaime Chamorro had a message for Vice-president and Ortega’s wife, Rosario Murillo: “La Prensa will reach 100”

The government recently shut down the cable news television channel 100% Noticias and continues to hold the owner Miguel Mora and the Nicaraguan-Costa Rican press director on charges of terrorism and hate-incitement, while a judge ordered the arrest of three more. The online news Confidencial had its offices raided days before.

 

Protests raged for months before a government clampdown reined them in, but more than 300 people were killed during that time and over 500 incarcerated, according to the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights, one of the groups the government has blacklisted.

La Prensa said customs agents at the behest of the government have been withholding imports of paper and ink in retaliation for critical coverage of simmering political tensions in the country. The Dirección General de Servicios Aduaneros (DGA) has been withholding materials since September.

- Advertisement -

Since April 2018, Nicaragua has been experiencing one of its worst crises since a civil war in the 1980s.

Nicaragua’s customs authority was not available for comment on the accusations made by La Prensa. The government did not respond to a request for comment.

Daniel Ortgea maintains there is freedom of expression in the country and has accused the opposition of seeking to mount a coup to oust him.

 

- Advertisement -

Article originally appeared on Today Nicaragua and is republished here with permission.

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Q24N
Q24N is an aggregator of news for Latin America. Reports from Mexico to the tip of Chile and Caribbean are sourced for our readers to find all their Latin America news in one place.

Related Articles

Organizer of march in Costa Rica against Daniel Ortega injured in ‘targeted attack’

QCOSTARICA - The young Nicaraguan opponent against Daniel Ortega in exile...

Ortega calls on citizens not to stay “locked up” at home

TODAY NICARAGUA – Nicaragua’s president, Daniel Ortega, underestimates ‘new Covid outbreak’,...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Article originally appeared on Today Nicaragua and is republished here with permission.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.