Ortega government closes six Catholic radio stations in Nicaragua

“They want to purposely close our media outlets,” Monsignor Rolando Álvarez denounced after the closure of six radio stations in the north of Nicaragua amid differences between President Daniel Ortega and the country’s Catholic Church.

Rolando Álvarez is one of the most critical religious of the government in the country and during a mass he announced that the argument for the closure of the stations was that they did not have the enabling title valid since January 2003.

Through a statement, the Nicaraguan Catholic Church assured that it held a personal meeting with the then president of the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Post Office (TELCOR), Orlando Castillo, to submit the required documentation on June 7, 2016.

“We will continue to report and denounce any situation that, like this one, continues to violate freedom of expression and religion in Nicaragua,” says part of the text.

The church also exhorted Nicaraguan believers in ddedicate next Friday August 05 to fasting and prayeras well as continue “bending knees”.

On the other hand, the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) denounced through social networks that police officers fired tear gas while some people tried to approach the facilities of the chapel of the Divine Mercy Church where a parish priest is sheltered.

The radio stations affected are Radio Hermanos, Radio Nuestra Señora de Lourdes, Radio Nuestra Señora de Fátima, Radio Alliens, Radio Monte Carmelo and Radio San José.

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Notably Daniel Ortega described Nicaraguan religious as “terrorists” after their participation as mediators in a dialogue that sought a solution to the crisis that the country has been going through since April 2018, but the conflicts between the government and the church go back years.


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