Government Pulls Television News Off The Air In Mid of Protests

The government has unleashed an official repression against student sectors and civil society in Nicaragua, which have been protesting for three days in the streets in rejection of the Social Security reform. The repression included censorship of television stations such as Canal 100% Noticias, Canal 12, Canal 23 and Canal 51 that belongs to the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua (CEN).

Daniel Ortega pulls off the air four television channels in Nicaragua in midst of protests

The Executive President of 100% Noticias, Miguel Mora, said in his Twitter account that, “In a clear violation of press freedom, President Daniel Ortega, through Telcor, ordered all the cable companies to censor the 100% Noticias signal. We reiterate our commitment to the people and the truth. We will continue to inform on our website and social networks.”

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At Canl 12, the media outlet that was censored at noon on Thursday, April 19, when it was preparing to broadcast its customary newscast. “The channel was oof the air at noon at the time we were preparing to broadcast our midday newscast; we still do not know the causes,” said a person from that channel who did not want to identify himself, according to a report by LA PRENSA.

Later, LA PRENSA called Danilo Lacayo, news director of that channel, and he confirmed that they were taken off the cable without giving them any explanation.

Gilda Tinoco, communications manager of the Claro company, did not provide details of what has happened. Nor has the Nicaraguan government explained the measure.

Source (in Spanish) La Prensa

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