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(The Committee to Protect Journalists is very much in the HRW vein so its condemnation of black bloc type violence against a pro-Ortega radio station is significant.)

Nicaraguan authorities should investigate an attack on a pro-government radio station in Managua, the capital, hold the perpetrators to account, and ensure that journalists covering ongoing unrest in the country can work safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

A mob armed with Molotov cocktails and homemade mortars attacked the Tu Nueva Radio Ya station on Monday, setting fire to the entrance of the building amid ongoing protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega, according to news reports.

Firefighters extinguished the flames, which caused extensive damage to the station. About 20 employees were inside the building but were not hurt, according to news reports. Station manager Dennis Schwartz said the attackers also stole equipment. "We are evaluating our losses," Schwartz told reporters. "They stole consoles, computers, a refrigerator, and televisions. These people are delinquents."

"Nicaragua's journalists should be free to cover the ongoing protests without facing threats or harassment from either the state or civilians," CPJ Program Director Carlos Martinez de la Serna said from New York. "Nicaraguans deserve access to diverse news sources, and all parties should respect the right of journalists to work freely and safely, regardless of political affiliation."

full: https://cpj.org/2018/05/civilians-attack-set-fire-to-pro-government-radio-.php
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