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Nicaragua pulls CNN en Español signal


The Nicaraguan government pulled CNN en Español shortly after 10 p.m. local time on Wednesday.

He did not explain why he removed CNN’s Spanish language service and did not respond to CNN’s request for comment. Cable operators broadcasting CNN en Español in the country also did not respond.

“Today the government of Nicaragua removed our television signal, denying Nicaraguans news and information from our television network, which they have relied on for 25 years,” the US-based service said. in a press release.

Nicaragua’s government under President Daniel Ortega’s fifth term has cracked down hard on both the press and critics for the past two years.

Many Nicaraguan journalists have been forced into exile and there are “virtually no independent media left in the country”, according to the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders.

“CNN en Español was the only remaining outlet critical of President Daniel Ortega available to Nicaraguans,” Reuters reported on Thursday.

In recent months, CNN en Español has reported other examples of repression by the Ortega government, including the detention of a Catholic bishop investigated for “destabilizing and provocative” activities, after he opposed the closure of seven gas stations. Catholic radio linked to the bishop. in the country.

Nicaraguans can continue to find information in Spanish on its website, the service said.

“CNN supports our network’s reporting and our commitment to truth and transparency,” he said.

“At CNN en Español, we believe in the vital role that press freedom plays in a healthy democracy.”

In March this year, Nicaragua’s ambassador to the Organization of American States, Arturo McFields, called his country’s government a “dictatorship”, citing its crackdown on independent reporting and the jailing of dissidents and rivals. policies, among others.

“Since 2018, Nicaragua has become the only Central American country without printed newspapers. There is no freedom to post a simple tweet, [or posting] just a comment on social media,” he said.

“There are no human rights organisations… They have all been shut down, expelled or shut down. There are no independent political parties, there are no credible elections, no separation of powers,” he continued.

Nicaraguan state media later posted a letter on Twitter saying McFields does not represent Ortega’s government.

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