The critical television channel of Nicaragua’s Government, 100% Noticias, was closed today, after last night was the object of a raid by the National Police, which arrested its owners, a journalist and a driver.
The Nicaraguan Police maintained restricted access to the street where the television station is located, especially for journalists. However, some residents who had access disclosed images of the building in which its facade covered with sheets of zinc can be seen.
Last night, journalist Lucía Pineda Ubau, with Costa Rican and Nicaraguan nationalities, denounced the raid just before she was arrested, along with the channel's owners, Miguel Mora and Verónica Chávez, and driver Joseph Hernández.
The taken of the TV channel by the Police occurred at the same time that the state Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Postal Services (Telcor), regulator of the sector, ordered the television operators by subscription to remove from their menu the channel 100% Noticias from 9 o'clock pm on this Friday (03.00 GMT on Saturday).
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) has identified actions of this type as the most recent stage of "repression of the Government of Nicaragua".
Since the social explosion of last April, Nicaragua is going through a crisis that, according to humanitarian agencies, has left between 325 and 545 dead, 674 "political prisoners", hundreds of disappeared, thousands of wounded and tens of thousands in exile.
The Government recognizes 199 dead and 273 inmates, which it describes as "coup plotters", "terrorists" and "common criminals".
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Acnudh) and the IACHR have held the Government responsible for "more than 300 deaths," as well as extrajudicial executions, torture, obstruction of medical care, arbitrary arrests, kidnappings and sexual violence, among other violations of Human Rights.
Ortega rejects the accusations and alleges that he overcame an attempted of coup, despite the fact that the Acnudh and the IACHR have reported that there is no evidence of such theory.
The protests against Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, began on April 18, after 11 years of continuous government, because of failed social security reforms, and became a request of resignation due to the deadly balance in the demonstrations.