Journalist David Mendoza, owner of the local channel RB3, which has been operating for 18 years in the municipality of Río Blanco, in northern Nicaragua. Photo: taken from social networks

The Ortega-Murillo regime closed between Monday and Tuesday, a feminist radio station, ten Catholic radio stations and a private television channel

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HAVANA TIMES – The regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo ordered the closure of eleven radio stations, ten belonging to the diocese of Matagalpa, the independent Radio Vos, and also closed the local television channel RB3 “El Canal de la Zona Láctea whose programming was broadcast on subscription television.

The shutdown of local media occurred between this Monday and Tuesday, and was carried out by the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications (Telcor), whose general director is Nahima Díaz Flores, daughter of the national police chief, Francisco Diaz, brother-in-law of Daniel Ortega.

Telcor alleged in a letter sent to the management of the company Cablevisión Rio Blanco on August 2, that the local channel RB 3, which was broadcast on channel 15 of this subscription television’s programming schedule, “did not permission from this regulatory body to operate as a local content channel.

“In accordance with the foregoing, I request that once this communication is received, said channel (RB 3) be removed from the schedule of channels authorized by Telcor for the company Cablevision,” signed Telcor Deputy Director Celina Delgado. .

Likewise, the company Cablevisión Rio Blanco “must submit an updated grid proposal in all its categories, specifically indicating the new channel that will be broadcast in the position occupied by channel 15, for the corresponding review and authorization of this regulatory entity,” Delgado added. .

The local channel RB 3, operating for 18 years in the municipality of Río Blanco in northern Nicaragua, is owned by journalist David Mendoza, who in tears announced the closure of his media after receiving the notification from Telcor.

“We will continue to report through social media,” said the reporter, who said an emotional goodbye to his audience and sponsors.

Excerpt from the Radio Vos program “Breaking the silence”

Radio Vos, also from Matagalpa, reported that a delegation from Telcor arrived on Tuesday accompanied by the police to carry out an examination of the transmission equipment. They concluded that they were not complying with the Telecommunications and Postal Services Act, which states that broadcasters can only suspend transmissions in a fortuitous event and must inform the licensee of the causes.

“After the supervision, we have been informed of the cancellation of our 101.7 FM modulated frequency transmission license,” they said in a statement on their social networks. The radio was born 18 years ago and defines itself as a “feminist radio alongside the population…”.

Bishop Alvarez challenges Telcor’s argument

The Diocese of Matagalpa reported Monday afternoon that it had been informed of the closure of five of its radio stations, but at the end of the day ten radio stations were closed, said Bishop Rolando Alvarez, Bishop of this diocese and administrator of the diocese. of Esteli. Telcor’s argument is that the stations did not have the operating licenses or “current authorizing title”.

However, Monsignor Alvarez clarified that he had submitted all the required documentation himself since 2016, but “we never received responses as is the custom of the government in many other cases,” he said. he said Monday afternoon in an annoyed tone.

“If the director of Telcor, Nahima Díaz Flores, wants to receive me, I will bring her the receipt and the signature of the same day from Telcor, all the documents that I presented to them. If they are right, I will tell people myself that they are right to shut down our radios, but if they are wrong, I hope they will have the courage to say that they were wrong or that they deliberately want to shut down our media. said Alvera.

The closed stations are Radio Hermanos, Radio Nuestra Señora de Lourdes, Radio Nuestra Señora de Fátima, Radio Alliens, Radio Monte Carmelo, Radio San Jose, Radio Catolica de Sebaco, Radio Santa Lucía, Radio Esquipulas and Radio Catolica de Waslala, administered by the diocese of Matagalpa.

The latter reported via his social media account that Telcor had ordered an immediate shutdown of its operations, justifying that its signal was not recorded, despite the fact that the station presented the appropriate documentation. “The order was unequivocal,” read the statement released on August 2.

After the mass closure of the stations, the police violently attacked and entered the Jesús de la Divina Misericordia parish in Sebaco, to take the equipment of Radio Catolica, one of the closed stations. This caused the discontent of the population who came to defend the priest Uriel Vallejos, but they were attacked by the regime’s police with tear gas.

The parish priest and six parishioners have been under police siege for more than 24 hours in the parish house.

Radio Hermanos, another of the closed radio stations, operated for 29 years and was heard on 92.3 frequency modulated and 690 amplitude modulated (AM). It was founded by Cardinal Leopoldo Jose Brenes in 1993 and was dedicated to the mission of evangelization, they said in a note posted on their website.

Radio Hermanos, one of the ten closed stations, of the diocese of Matagalpa. Photo: Radio Hermanos

Nicaraguan authorities have also removed from programming three Catholic channels that had been airing on subscription television for the past three months.

At the same time, they maintain a crusade against independent media, they have imprisoned and sentenced journalists and criminalized the profession, forcing dozens of reporters to flee the country for their safety, as happened recently with the whole room editorial office of the newspaper La Prensa, whose facilities are taken care of by the Police.

With information from EFE

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