The IAPA rejects the blocking of the CNN signal in Spanish in Nicaragua

The Ortega government has not explained why it eliminated CNN’s Spanish-language service – Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images.

This Friday, the Inter-American Press Association (SIP) ruled on the blocking of the signal of the news channel CNN en Español in Nicaragua by the Government of Daniel Ortega.

The organization considers this “another grotesque example of censorship and persecution” of international media after the “elimination” of independent Nicaraguan journalism.

The president of the IAPA and executive president of Grupo Opsa, Jorge Canahuati, considers that “the regime continues with its process of isolation, this time by attacking international media after it eliminated independent Nicaraguan journalism.”

For his part, the chairman of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Carlos Jornet, stated, “it is clear that the regime scrutinizes and continues to close the fence on the remaining communication spaces and those that manage to penetrate the country.”

Likewise, Jornet added that “it is a serious violation of the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and the press.”

By order of the Government of this country, the signal of the renowned US news network was taken off the air on September 22 at night.

The chain stated that it would continue to provide the service through its web portal and YouTube channel. He also indicated that despite trying to contact international private companies, there was no response.

Through a statement, the IAPA said that the attack against CNN en Español adds to the repeated attacks against the press in Nicaragua, such as the cancellation of at least 54 media outlets, including radio, print, and digital channels.