Nicaragua: Newspaper ‘La Brenza’ fires more than half of its staff for harassing Daniel Ortega | International

Sunk Persecution of the Daniel Ortega regime, Newspaper Press, The largest and longest living in Nicaragua, On Wednesday it announced it would lay off more than half of its workersPersons associated with writing, finance, circulation, marketing, warehouses (warehouses) and printing. Although the newspaper did not disclose the number of layoffs, sources close to the media confirmed that there were about 110 collaborators — 11 of them journalists. An internal communication. Dismissals of 60% of employees occur after 33 days Nicaraguan Police will take over the characters, Detained its general manager Juan Lorenzo Holman and the authorities froze the newspaper’s bank accounts. “This situation forced us to make the painful decision to continue to provide information from our website and to work with only enough numbers for the survival of the company in the midst of the hostile environment imposed on us by the dictatorship.” Confirmed to the Board of Directors of Princein a statement published on its website.

Political crisis in Nicaragua

On August 13, police entered the newspaper premises. On the same day that the newspaper and its administrative section were suspended due to a shortage of paper in its printed version, the authorities took it over due to the new customs ban imposed by the government. Police justified taking the newsroom in a statement that an investigation had been launched against the editorial board Press And its directors on charges of “customs fraud, money laundering, goods and assets.” Since then the newspaper has only published on the Internet. This is the regime’s latest conspiracy against Nicaragua’s independent press. After a second test on the magazine’s editorial staff Confidential And its director, an arrest warrant for the journalist Carlos Fernando Zamoro was deported to Costa Rica.

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Vacant offices of the La Princa newspaper in Managua on August 12.Image Alliance / Getty Images

Press It was founded in 1926 and was the protagonist of major events that upset the recent history of a country like Nicaragua. The Somoza dictatorship – which ruled the Caribbean for more than four decades – was decreed in 1978 Assassination of its director, journalist Pedro Joaquin Zamoro, The most important voice against the regime. He was ordered to close the newspaper on several occasions The National Guard fired artillery and aircraft against their headquarters In June 1979, a few weeks before the dynasty Overthrown by the guerrillas of the Santinista Front. The revolutionary government of the 1980s besieged the newspaper, stopped censorship and material, and subjected journalists to repression. A history of recurrence since 2007, when Ortega returned to power Harassment of the media and journalists was a state policy.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the newspaper’s board of directors challenged the Ortega regime after demanding the withdrawal of the facilities, saying that despite the official harassment, the newspaper would continue to publish the news: “We will be buried 42 years ago” When trying to finish Brenza. Today, this other ruthless dictatorship is trying to destroy us again, but as happened with the Somosa dictatorship 40 years ago, PrincePrevails to describe the fall of Ortega.

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