Renowned opposition journalist accuses the Nicaraguan military of political spying

October 29, 2013

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – The editor of the magazine Confidencial de Nicaragua, renowned opposition journalist Pedro Joaquín Chamorro, the son of ex-President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro (1990-1997), accused the military on Monday of “performing political spying activities and intimidation” against one his journalists and his family.

Chamorro made his accusation public on his television interview show “Esta Semana,” which broadcasts every night, after presenting an “energetic” letter of protest to the head of the Nicaraguan military, Gen. Julio César Avilés, who has not responded to the accusation.

In the letter, Chamorro accused officials of the Defense Investigation Administration (DID, in the military), of monitoring, pursuing and harassing journalist Ismael López and his family in order to call into question the investigative work he was doing for the magazine.

“After insistent phone calls and contacts with his family members, on Friday, Oct. 11, DID officials summoned” López to a meeting in a public place in order to “interrogate him” about his activities and also inquire about the operation and the people who worked for the magazine Confidencial and Esta Semana, Chamorro protested.  

“Our Republic’s Constitution prohibits in formal language the military from conducting political spying,” Chamorro said, demanding an immediate end to the activities against the reporter, his family and the media.

Chamorro runs one of the few media outlets with a critical investigative profile that survives in the country, since the Sandinista returned to power in 2007.

Chamorro said the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights brought López’s case before the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Catalina Botero.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Costa Rica to begin administering HPV vaccine
Costa Rica
2 views
Costa Rica
2 views

Costa Rica to begin administering HPV vaccine

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 25, 2019

The Social Security System (CCSS) announced Wednesday that Costa Rica will begin administering the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine as…

Costa Rica approves law against child abuse prepared by alleged victims of priest
Costa Rica
8 views
Costa Rica
8 views

Costa Rica approves law against child abuse prepared by alleged victims of priest

AFP and The Tico Times - April 24, 2019

Costa Rica’s congress approved on Tuesday a bill that extends the statute of limitations for the crime of sexual abuse…

International drug rehab in Costa Rica with the Costa Rica Treatment Center
Sponsored content
12 views
Sponsored content
12 views

International drug rehab in Costa Rica with the Costa Rica Treatment Center

The Tico Times - April 24, 2019

Costa Rica Treatment Center understands the process of addiction recovery from personal experience. Their evidence-based treatment programs are engineered to…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!