The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) denounced the “serious violations of press freedom in Nicaragua” carried out by the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, who have opted for “persecution and aggression” against independent journalists from the country.
Through its campaign to commemorate World Press Freedom Day, the organization states that “the Ortega-Murillo regime hates the truth and intends, at the cost of repression and terror, to silence the voices of journalists and communicators in Nicaragua who they reveal their crimes”, affirms the Cenidh.
“Our recognition and admiration to journalists and independent media outlets, which, despite the theft of their facilities, persecution and aggression, continue to be at the forefront of the struggle for freedom, justice and democracy in Nicaragua,” the rights defender organization continued. humans.
For its part, the organization Alertas a la Libertad de Prensa highlights that “threats and digital harassment have been part of the violations of Press Freedom that independent media and journalists in Nicaragua have faced since 2018.” In addition, they denounce the situation of the five journalists imprisoned and found guilty under the laws created by Ortega.
The first three months of the year were marked by the convictions of journalists Miguel Mendoza and Miguel Mora, as well as members of the board of directors of the newspaper La Prensa: Cristiana Chamorro, Pedro Joaquín Chamorro and Juan Lorenzo Holmann Chamorro. In addition, the student leader and graduate in Social Communication Lesther Alemán and the journalism student Samantha Jirón.
In Latin America, the most worrying cases, according to the organization Reporters Without Borders, are those of El Salvador and Nicaragua in the world classification of press freedom by the French NGO, Nicaragua has lost 39 positions and enters the red zone of the Classification.
After Ortega’s re-election, in a parody of elections, RSF notes “a fierce persecution against critical voices. The last bastions of the independent Nicaraguan press are under siege and the vast majority of independent journalists, threatened by abusive legal actions, have had to flee the country,” the organization highlights.