8 February 2011


Customs officials block import of newsprint supplies

Incident details


El Nuevo Diario, Newspaper

This is available in:

English Español
(IAPA/IFEX) - Miami, February 4, 2011 - The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today voiced anger at a move by Customs officials in Nicaragua to block the importation of supplies for newspaper production, an action taken by them in anger over press exposure of corruption.

In yesterday's edition, the newspaper "El Nuevo Diario" reported that the order blocking the entry of newsprint came from the Finance and Public Credit Ministry and its two departments, the Customs Office (DGA) and the Revenue Office (DGI). The paper called the action "political vengeance", as a clear reprisal for a series of published investigations into alleged wrongdoing and nepotism in the DGI's current administration.

IAPA President Gonzalo Marroquín, president of the Guatemala City, Guatemala, newspaper "Siglo 21", said, "To use public office to punish a news media outlet for its critical and independent editorial stance must be regarded as an act of prior censorship contrary to law and the Constitution."

The newspaper said that it has been facing constant obstacles set by the tax authorities, which range from causing documents to go astray to a suspicious delay in granting import permits and the handing over of supplies.

The chairman of the IAPA's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Robert Rivard, editor of the "San Antonio Express-News", Texas, said that "with these outrages the Nicaraguan government is continuing to violate international treaties on freedom of expression, which condemn the arbitrary use of government actions to impede media production and the flow of information."


Putting free expression issues in perspective.

Sign up to receive IFEX In Context.

More from Nicaragua
  • Freedom of the Press 2017: Nicaragua

    Daniel Ortega was reelected for a third consecutive term as president in November, at which point he had not held a formal press conference in more than nine years.

  • Freedom of the Press 2016: Nicaragua

    The administration of President Daniel Ortega set its sights on limiting internet freedom, although a proposed law that would have granted the government broad powers to control online content was defeated.

  • Freedom of the Press 2015: Nicaragua

    Ranked 111st in annual global media freedom report

At this point, would publish cover: "Home page"
IFEX is a global network of committed organisations working to defend and promote free expression.
Permission is granted for material on this website to be reproduced or republished in whole or in part provided the source member and/or IFEX is cited with a link to the original item.