The station Radio Youwith a feminist and community profile, denounced on Tuesday the confiscation of its facilities by the Daniel Ortega regime, one month after closingthrough the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Post Office (Telcor).
“In the morning hours, arbitrarily without any notification, the State usurps the physical space where this community and feminist radio station worked, born 18 years ago, defender of the human rights of women, children and adolescents,” he said. Radio Vos on their social networks.
The station explained that this means of communication functioned as a radio school “in a rented physical space, and that today it is expropriated with impunity.”
Radio Vos did not specify to which natural or legal person it rented the property.
“Today, once again, the rights to speech and existence are being trampled on,” the station continued, noting that “they can turn off the Radio (Vos), but never our voice.”
The order of closure and confiscation of Radio Vos
The Ortega government, through the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Post Office (Telcor), canceled the license to the private radio station Radio Vos on August 2, arguing technical aspects. The regulatory body is headed by Nahima Díaz Flores, daughter of the police chief, Francisco Díaz, in-law of Ortega and Rosario Murillo.
Radio Vos, which was broadcast on FM on 107.1 and was heard mainly in the department of Matagalpa (north), then became the ninth private station closed in that province in the last month.
“Beyond a frequency or a physical space with a beautiful collective history, we will continue to raise our voices and defend rights,” he promised.
Radio Vos is a member of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (Amarc) and was born 18 years ago with the commitment to defend the rights of citizens, according to its profile.
In 2010 he won the 2010 “María José Bravo” award for journalistic investigation, organized by the Faculty of Humanities and Communication of the Central American University (UCA).
Nicaragua has been experiencing a political and social crisis since April 2018, which has been accentuated after the controversial elections last November in which Ortega was re-elected for a fifth term, fourth consecutive and second along with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president, with their main contenders in prison.