The newspaper The Press, the oldest in Nicaragua and a critic of the Daniel Ortega regime, pointed out that despite the confiscation of its facilities, the forced exile of all its personnel, the kidnappings and threats; the media “live and will continue to live.”
On Wednesday, April 19, the Ortega dictatorship consummated the expropriation of the facilities of La Prensa, a property valued between 18 and 20 million dollars. In the stolen building, located at kilometer 4.5 on the northern highway of Managua, the National Technological Institute (Inatec) inaugurated the “José Coronel Urtecho Cultural and Polytechnic Center.”
In its editorialthe newspaper pointed out that «putting the name of José Coronel Urtecho to that center or club installed on the usurped property of La Prensa, It is an offense to the memory of the eminent Nicaraguan poet. Colonel Urtecho was a great friend of freedom of information, of La Prensa and personally of its historical director and martyr, Dr. Pedro Joaquín Chamorro Cardenal».
«In this regard, in La Prensa on August 24, 2022, Mrs. Anita Chamorro de Holmann, mother of Juan Lorenzo Holmann Chamorro; sister of Pedro Joaquín Chamorro Cardenal and director of the newspaper, she remembers that on one occasion when the Somocista dictatorship closed it temporarily, the poet Coronel Urtecho said in a telegram that “for the conscience of the country, When La Prensa stops going out, it’s like nothing happened, or everything was a lie». indicated the media.
On the other hand, La Prensa quoted “the famous phrase in Italian, eppur si move (however, it moves) that is attributed to the Italian astronomical scientist, who lived in the second half of the 16th century and the first half of the 17th century, Galileo Galilei “and maintains that in other words that has been said by its general manager, Juan Lorenzo Holmann Chamorro, “commenting on the news that the regime inaugurated this Wednesday, April 19, a campus of the National Technological Institute (Inatec), on the property, the building, and the facilities that were usurped from the owners of this newspaper since August 13 of 2021».
Holmann Chamorro said that Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo “have not been able to and will not be able to kidnap, confiscate, subdue our ideas, nor prevent La Prensa from continuing to report.”
«Those installations were made with sweat, honesty, a lot of work, with effort, with sacrifices, but they were also made with tears, with blood, with lives given. It is not something that someone gave us or that we took it from someone, it was something well received, “explained the director of La Prensa, who spent 545 days captive in the cells of Chipote.
On March 2nd, La Prensa celebrated 97 years of existence in the midst of persecution, censorship, exile of all its staff and confiscation of its facilitiesDespite this, it continues to report and denounce the abuses of the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.
The general manager of La Prensa also pointed out that despite the usurpation “they have not been able to prevent La Prensa from continuing to report, (that) continue to be a forum and space for society to express itself and give a voice to those who have no voice.”
“We have no doubt that the facilities of La Prensa will be returned or fairly compensated to their owners, “when Nicaragua becomes a Republic again” when the dark night of now becomes a past that “definitely will not return”as Juan Lorenso Hollman Chamorro has said with a prophetic sense,” the newspaper wrote.