Nicaragua takes CNN en Español signal off the air


(CNN)The government of Nicaragua took CNN en Español off the air, shortly after 10 p.m. local time on Wednesday.

It has not explained why it removed CNN’s Spanish-language service, and did not respond to CNN’s request for comment. The cable operators carrying CNN en Español in the country also did not respond.

“Today the government of Nicaragua pulled our television signal, denying Nicaraguans news and information from our television network, which they have relied upon for 25 years,” the US-based service said in a statement.

Nicaragua’s government under fifth-term President Daniel Ortega has sharply cracked down on both the press and on critics over the past two years.

Many Nicaraguan journalists have been forced into exile, and there remains “practically no independent media within the country,” according to press freedom group Reporters without Borders.

“CNN en Español was the only remaining outlet critical of President Daniel Ortega available to Nicaraguans,” Reuters reported on Thursday.


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