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Caribbean & Central America - April 2020

NICARAGUA: Press freedom concerns intensify

The recent decision by the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by President Daniel Ortega to end a blockade which threatened the very survival of Nicaragua’s oldest and largest daily, La Prensa, a prominent Ortega critic, may have been welcomed by influential journalists such as Carlos Chamorro, the founder and editor of media outlet Confidencial. However, it comes as international press freedom watchdogs such as the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), along with Chamorro and other leading journalists, continue to condemn the rise of attacks against journalists in the country, a process which has intensified since the government crackdown against its opponents began in April 2018.

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