Nicaragua moves away from free speech, reports Knight Center


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The Knight Center for Journalism’s news blog from the Americas writes this morning that freedom of expression and freedom of the press in the Central American nation of Nicaragua have hit a low:

According to the 2007-2008 report of the non-profit Communications Media Observatory (OMC), the government of Daniel Ortega has limited several freedoms and discriminated in furnishing information to journalists. According to the report, 2008 was the worst year for freedom of expression in the country, El Nuevo Diario reported.


The report by the OMC [in Spanish only] also says the government’s intimidation and defamation of independent media and opposition figures have become more frequent since Ortega assumed power, La Prensa of Nicaragua adds.

To reverse the growing polarization, secrecy and intolerance, the OMC report proposes the unrestricted compliance with the law of access to information and the centralization of state advertising, among other measures.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City