Nicaraguan government closes one of the last opposition radio stations

Aug 12 (Reuters) – The Nicaraguan government has ordered the closure of a radio station known for its opposition to President Daniel Ortega, its director said on Friday.

Local radio station Radio Dario was shut down on Friday, its manager Anibal Toruno said on his Twitter account, showing footage of the government’s decision.

Radio Dario was considered one of the last news radio stations critical of Ortega, whose government recently shut down seven Catholic radio stations linked to a bishop critical of Ortega. Read more

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“Neither the shutdown of equipment nor the arbitrary withdrawal of a license will succeed in silencing us or silencing the truth. Far from intimidating us, their actions empower us,” Toruno said.

The Nicaraguan government could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Nicaraguan Telecommunications Agency, in the statement released by Toruno, said the radio station did not meet the technical requirements to be on the air.

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Reporting by Ismael Lopez; Written by Carolina Pulice; Editing by William Mallard

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