September 23, 2021

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The Daniel Ortega regime made Nicaragua the only country in the world without printed newspapers

The last printed edition of La Brenza was released this Thursday. The newspaper management expects this to be temporary and to be re-issued when the customs paper is released. (Photo from La Brenza)

“Paper Republic”, as the newspaper has historically called Nicaraguan Press, The paper is exhausted. Thursday night’s gigantic urban newspaper is no longer running as usual, and this Friday’s printed newspaper is not back on the streets.

The same luck ran the newspaper Today, From the famous court and the same company. They are the last two forms to spread in the country. In this way, Nicaragua has now become the only country in the world that does not have a printed newspaper.

“Again, the dictatorship of Ortega Murillo stopped our role from us. Until they release our stuff, we will not be able to spin our printed version, but they will not shut us down.”, Condemned the newspaper on its last cover. In the same issue, the Directorate General of Customs (DGA) explains that it keeps the paper and other materials required for its interpretation without any explanation.

The La Brenza newspaper is more than 95 years old and has faced three dictatorships.  (Photo from La Brenza)
The La Brenza newspaper is more than 95 years old and has faced three dictatorships. (Photo from La Brenza)

This is not the first time Daniel Ortega has tried to strangle the regime. Between 2018 and 2019, the same newspaper experienced a 500-day shutdown of all its products. About 100 tons of paper and ink that began to decompose over time in the cellar. The newspaper was shut down, the newspaper was thin until it reached the loose manual, and many journalists, workers and communicators lost their jobs.

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On February 6, 2020, thanks to the efforts of the Apostolic Nuncio Voltaire Stanislav Somerdec with Vice President Rosario Murillo, the paper was released and La Brenza returned to the streets with its regular editions. “La Brenza is going to be 100 years old,” said Jaime Zamoro Cardinal, director of the recently deceased newspaper.

La Brenza is Nicaragua’s oldest newspaper. On March 2, she turns 95 and has a tradition of confrontation with the dictators who ruled Nicaragua, with the aim of censoring, petitioning military closures, imprisoning its directors and journalists, bombing its director, bombing its buildings, police siege and gangs of zealots and, more recently, her neck. Besieged the raw materials.

This is very important in the history of Nicaragua Poet Pablo Antonio Quadra baptized it as the “Paper Republic” Because, according to their criteria, in a country where the formal powers of the state do not work, The press was the legislative power because the judiciary had the power to collect complaints of abusers when people were giving their seat, their voice, and justice. “Even if censored, in the conscience of La Brenza, like a flag at half-mast, Nicaragua must recover what it has lost,” he said.

The printing press of La Princa in Managua ran out of paper on Thursday.  It will no longer print this Friday.
The printing press of La Princa in Managua ran out of paper on Thursday. It will no longer print this Friday.

“The press is a stone in the shoes of all the dictatorships we have.” Wilma Nies, head of the Center for Human Rights in Nicaraguan (CENIDH), says blocking newspaper entries is “another human rights violation of the regime.”

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“They (the regime) are violating freedom of expression and the right to information. This is not a bureaucratic problem, it is a deliberate one.” A senior human rights defender says the move is part of a wave of repression launched under the regime of Daniel Ortega. Even the newspaper we no longer want to read. This is part of the message obscurity they want to cause.

Two executives of La Brenza – brothers Christiana and Pedro Joaqun Zamoro Parios – were arrested at different times., Shortly after revealing his desire to run against Daniel Ortega for the country’s presidency in next November’s elections, on charges of “money laundering” and “treason.”

Says Juan Lorenzo Holman Zamoro, general manager of La Brenza Until 2018, La Brenza’s inputs reached the newspaper without a hitch, The Directorate General of Animals (DGA) approves exceptions within the limits of less than 10 days prescribed by law. Article 68 of Nicaragua’s Constitution establishes that “imports of spare parts for paper, machinery and equipment and mass media” are exempt from “all types” of taxes.

In 2018, when there were massive protests against the Daniel Ortega regime in Nicaragua, the sanctions began without any explanation. This is how they kept the paper ship for 500 days and the newspaper survived by buying more expensive and unsuitable paper for newspapers in the local market.

They fear that this time 23 tons of paper will be stored and another 84 tons of raw materials along the way will fall into the same trap. Despite several attempts by Holman Zamoro before Customs Director Eddie Matrono to release goods imported by La Brenza, the customs deadline has already been exceeded without a response from the authorities.

This is not the end, ”warns Juan Lorenzo Holman, manager of La Brenza, who promised that the newspaper would continue to publish news through its digital platform.  (Photo from La Brenza)
This is not the end, ”warns Juan Lorenzo Holman, manager of La Brenza, who promised that the newspaper would continue to publish news through its digital platform. (Photo from La Brenza)

“This is not a closure,” Holman notes. “We hope that this will somehow solve the printed area and if it is not resolved we will continue our work through digital sites.

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He recalled the history of the abuse experienced by La Brenza. After all, we’re better than an army soldier who came in the 80s and said: It’s closed. We now have a strong digital platform and we are going to strengthen it to continue reporting. ”

what to say They will continue to insist until the Directorate General of Customs (DGA) approves the release of the suspended raw material and returns to the streets of La Prinza. It has been around for over 95 years. “Stopping printing does not mean we’re going to stop insisting that our paper be published, because it’s a right.”

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