Voces del Sur denounces “absolute censorship” against the media in Nicaragua

The regional network Voces de Sur denounced, in his report for the month of August, that the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo is trying to implant a regime of “absolute censorship” in Nicaragua through the closure and confiscation of national and local media outlets. The document includes the actions of the dictatorial couple, through the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications (Telcor), against freedom of the press and expression.

“In total, 72 cases of violations of Freedom of the Press were documented; 65 were perpetrated against the media (90.2%), and 7 against natural persons. (9.8%). Of the total of 72 registered cases, these fell among 29 victims; 6 natural persons and 23 media outlets”, highlights the consolidated report released this day. 93% of the attacks were perpetrated by state agents.

“This month we see an inter-institutional combination between TELCOR and the National Police, the latter institution that has stood out as the main repressive body against the independent media in Nicaragua,” he adds.

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Voces del Sur resumes the confiscation of the assets of the newspaper La Prensa where the regime ordered the installation of the “Cultural and Polytechnic called “José Coronel Urtecho””, despite the fact that the poet’s family rejected the use of the bard’s name to baptize a place that was taken by the Police, expropriated by the Attorney General’s Office and donated by Ortega to the National Technological Institute (Inatec). The assets are valued at nearly $10 million.

«This measure is added to those already carried out to the 100% Noticias and Confidencial media; It is also similar to the dispossession carried out on civil society organizations whose legal status was canceled. Likewise, it makes it clear that the government of Daniel Ortega maintains intact its confiscatory convictions that it has practiced in other stages, in which the government has exercised, “says Voces del Sur.

In the first eight months of the year, the regional network has documented the closure of at least 30 media outlets, including 27 radio stations and three television channels. In addition, the closure of five local newscasts, one national and at least five opinion programs.

In August, the operating licenses for religious, community and commercial radio stations were cancelled. “From Voces del Sur, we regret the drastic measure by the country’s communications regulator, which has affected countless families and citizens in general,” he says.

The organization also joined the call from the family of political commentator Jaime Arellano who have denounced that the political prisoner suffers from heart problems, constant headaches and lack of balance; however, the authorities have not allowed the prisoner to have access to timely and quality medical care.

Voces del Sur also echoed the exhibition that the hostages of conscience Miguel Mendoza and Juan Lorenzo Holmann. He lamented his deteriorated physical condition as a result of the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment to which they are subjected, according to complaints from his relatives and human rights organizations.

“The demand for access to health and respect for their human rights is extensive for those who are in house arrest facing health problems. We urge the State of Nicaragua to take measures that guarantee the free exercise of journalism without restrictions or threats; also conditions for a safe return of those who have been forced to leave the country », he underlines.

Voces del Sur denounces “absolute censorship” against the media in Nicaragua