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Long silence from Nicaragua's president as first lady keeps press at arm's length

The following is a CPJ Blog post by By John Otis, CPJ Andes Correspondent.

It's been nearly 3,000 days since Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega last held a news conference, according to the opposition newspaper La Prensa. But when journalists complain about the lack of access to Ortega they often direct their ire not at the president but at the first lady, Rosario Murillo.

Murillo, 63, is the government's communications czar and chief architect of its strategy of shutting out independent media while fielding the occasional softball question from pro-government news outlets, independent Nicaraguan reporters told the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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