The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today expressed total repudiation of the serious acts of violence in Nicaragua by repressive government forces against the population, and at the same time stressed its commitment to remain vigilant in the face of the crisis confronting the Central American country since April.
IAPA President Gustavo Mohme and the chairman of the IAPA’s Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Roberto Rock, reacted “angrily” to the reports of daily attacks by undercover police and anti-riot officers on demonstrators that have left 139 people dead and numerous injured, acts that they considered “a gross violation of constitutional rights to freedom of expression and of assembly.”
Within the framework of coverage of the protests, begun on April 18, they also condemned the assaults, physical attacks, theft of equipment and threats to journalists, as well as the destruction of and attacks upon news media’s premises.
The most recent incident against the press occurred early today when there was partially set ablaze the headquarters of official radio station Radio Nicaragua in Managua. Firefighters managed to control the blaze which occurred at 4:00 a.m. today (Friday), according to local media.
Mohme, editor of the Peruvian newspaper La República, added, “The serious situation of violence in the country is without a doubt affecting all Nicaraguans, including the journalists and news media that continue to report on the anti-government protests and the savage repression in circumstances of great risk.”
For his part Rock, editor of the Mexican news portal La Silla Rota, added, “As an organization dedicated to keeping vigilant of freedom of expression and of the press we are committed to provide our solidarity, respect and full attention to what is occurring in the country and we will continue doing so because we are facing a government that is repressive and obsessed with power.”
The IAPA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and of expression in the Americas. It is made up of more than 1,300 publications from throughout the Western Hemisphere and is based in Miami, Florida.