TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -Nicaraguan police raided the offices of a major broadcaster and arrested its director late on Friday, family members and co-workers said, in the latest crackdown on critics of President Daniel Ortega’s increasingly authoritarian government.
The broadcaster, 100% Noticias, was the only independent 24-hour news network that covered the country’s deepening political unrest, one of its worst crises since a civil war in the 1980s.
The government has sought to rein in months of protests seeking Ortega’s ouster.
“They can do everything they want to me, imprison me, kidnap me, but we’ll be here until the final consequences,” Mora told Reuters on Thursday during an interview at his office.
Nicaraguan prosecutors have accused Mora of instigating hate, among other crimes, which prompted a judge to order the closure of 100% Noticias and Mora’s arrest.