Joel Simon is the Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. (January 2009)

IN THE REVIEW

‘Dictatorial Designs’ in Nicaragua

Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro (center), a vocal critic of President Daniel Ortega and the ruling Sandinista Party, with police at the Managua offices of CINCO, the nonprofit journalism organization Chamorro directs, October 10, 2008. In a continuing crackdown against Ortega’s critics, the police returned the next day and raided CINCO’s offices on trumped-up charges of money laundering.
On October 11, 2008, a Nicaraguan federal prosecutor, Douglas Vargas, accompanied by a dozen armed police agents, raided the Managua offices of CINCO, a nonprofit journalism organization directed by Carlos Fernando Chamorro. Police knocked down the doors while Vargas turned files upside down, claiming he was looking for evidence of …