PPF concerned over continued attacks on journalists in Nicaragua

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua has expressed concern over the continued attacks on the journalists and media personnel’s in Nicaragua.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter, condemned such acts of violence against media and called on the Nicaraguan authorities to immediately release Luis Sanchez Sancho, the editorial columnist of the La Prensa newspaper without any charges. PPF also urged to provide security to the journalists and media workers.

According to Inter American Press Association (IAPA), Sanchez Sancho was arrested on November 24 and arbitrarily detained for a minor offense.

Sanchez Sancho was involved in a traffic accident, where he crashed with a motorcyclist who ran a red light, causing minor injuries. The journalist was not allowed to contact with his family and lawyer.

In another incident on November 24, several journalists including Gustavo Jarquín, sports reporter of Radio Corporación, Miguel Mora and Verónica Chávez, editors of 100% Noticias were attacked by the police officers.

According to a report by Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation (FVBCH), between April and October, total 420 cases of violence against journalists were recorded during the coverage of the protests against President Daniel Ortega.

The media and journalists were attacked, censored and threatened by the police, paramilitary forces and supporters of the government. Out of these cases the most serious case recorded was the murder of journalist Ángel Gahona, who was killed on April 21 in Bluefield while he was broadcasting the protests on Facebook Live.