In the course of this escalation, the Nicaraguan authorities have confiscated equipment, carried out searches without a warrant, surrounded media outlets and harassed journalists.
RSF has asked the UN secretary-general to contact President Ortega and request that he put a stop to the arbitrary measures targeting the media and restore respect for press freedom in Nicaragua without delay.
Censorship and attacks against independent media outlets have been intensifying since early November.
RSF issued several alerts and recommendations about the situation of Nicaragua’s independent media after a joint visit with the Inter-American Press Association in August. Nicaragua is ranked 90th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index.