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Nicaragua’s oldest and most-widely read newspaper published its Friday edition with a blank front page in protest against what it says is the government’s withholding of ink, paper and other materials needed for its printing press since September. In a Friday editorial, the La Prensa newspaper asked: “Have you imagined living without information?,” and complained that the government of leftist President Daniel Ortega had impounded its supply of printing materials for 20 weeks.
“We don’t know how much longer we can keep printing the newspaper. Maybe two more months, maybe until tomorrow,” Jaime Chamorro, director of La Prensa, told Reuters by phone.
Human rights organizations and independent media say the Ortega government is attacking freedom of expression.
The government recently shut down a broadcaster and held two reporters on terrorism and hate-incitement charges, while a judge ordered the arrest of three more.
The newspaper said customs agents at the behest of the government have been withholding imports of paper and ink in retaliation for critical coverage of simmering political tensions in the Central American country.
originally posted by: Sookiechacha
a reply to: ElGoobero
My father's family owned a newspaper franchise in Bogota and Barranquilla. They frequently published stories that spoke out against the drug cartels. The cartel bombed their bookstores and newspaper offices, as well as their home. Long story short, my father came to the USA as a teenager, with his family, as refugees.