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A Year After Protests, Ortega’s Crackdown on the Media Continues

May 01, 2019

The public unrest that began in Nicaragua just over a year ago has subsided, but repression by the government of President Daniel Ortega has not. 

When a controversial social security reform sparked wider protests beginning on April 19, 2018, the government response left at least 325 dead and more than 2,000 injured, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Since then, Nicaragua has become a grim example of how quickly press freedom can be eroded, with journalists threatened, criminalized and attacked for doing their jobs. My case is a prime example.

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