Skip to content
Deacon Keith Fournier Hi reader, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Nicaraguan bishop criticizes arrest of journalists

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

12/26/2018 (6 months ago)
Catholic Online (

The Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, Silvio José Báez, has criticized the shut down of the 100% Noticias television channel and the arrest of its owner, Miguel Mora, and press chief Lucía Pineda Ubau.


Catholic Online (
12/26/2018 (6 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Nicaraguan bishop, criticizes arrest, journalists

Managua, Nicaragua, (ACI Prensa) - Police raided the headquarters of 100% Noticias Dec. 21 and arrested Mora, his wife Verónica Chávez, and Pineda. Hours later Chávez was released. The media outlet was shut down.

The Prosecutor's Office accuses the journalists of "provoking, proposing and conspiring to commit terrorist acts" and inciting hatred "on the basis of political discrimination against members of the Sandinista National Liberation Front party" led by President Daniel Ortega.

The capture of television host Jaime Arellano and journalists Jackson Orozco and Luis Galeano was ordered Dec. 23.

In a Dec. 23 statement, Bishop Báez called what happened to channel 100% Noticias "reprehensible" and "unacceptable."

"I know Miguel, we're friends and brothers in the faith. I have talked with Miguel Mora many times and have also prayed with him many times, and I know that he is a man of peace, that he is a man who respects human rights and who deeply loves his people. He is a good person, I could say the same of LucĂ­a Pineda. I consider her a close friend," he said.

"What they have gone through pains me, and I hope this situation can be rectified and that we don't have detained journalists. What's happened has been very painful and puts the country in a very bad light with the international community," he added.

The prelate said that "it is deplorable that in a society freedom of speech, freedom of the press, are trampled on. A society needs the truth to be communicated, accurate information, raising awareness through editorials. All of this contributes to a free and democratic society. Every trampling of the press is profoundly injurious to society," he warned.

The bishop reiterated that dialogue is the only way out of the crisis the country is facing.

"The only way out that I see, even when it's seems further off, is what the bishops have always proposed: some channels of communication have to be opened. By closing things off in a narrative that only seeks to criminalize and that doesn't build bridges, we're not going to succeed" in coming out of the crisis," he said.Bishop Báez asked Ortega and the members of his government to "to open their hearts to the truth and to open their hearts to goodness. Criminalization and repression cannot be the foundation of the governability of a country."

The prelate, who again called for the release of political prisoners, asked "all Nicaraguans, especially those who hold power and have in their hands the big decisions" that Christmas "would lead them to set aside all high and mighty and deceitful talk."

"May the feast day of Christmas, in which we celebrate a mystery that only faith can in some way welcome, that God wanted to become a human being, is the time to respect the dignity of all human beings. Enough of raids, enough of trampling on human rights and the public's freedoms. This is the best way to celebrate the birth of God made Man," he said.

The detention of the journalists was also condemned by international organizations such as the Inter-American Press Association, whose president MarĂ­a Elvira DomĂ­nguez said that "the Ortega regime shows by this action its intention to shut down all forms of expression in the country."

"We have no doubt that Ortega and his servile entourage have declared war on independent media. We hold the regime responsible for the physical safety of Mora and all the Nicaraguan journalists that have been attacked, harassed and smeared by a regime that does not have the least respect for human rights," she said.

This article was originally published by our sister agency, ACI Prensa. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.


More Asia Pacific

UN approves investigation into drug war in the Philippines Watch

Image of

The UN Human Rights Council has approved a resolution to launch an investigation into the violent war on drugs taking place in the ... continue reading

Catholic woman with schizophrenia being held for blasphemy in Indonesia Watch

Image of

 A mentally ill woman who identified herself as a Catholic is being held for blasphemy in Indonesia after an incident last week in ... continue reading

Chinese officials crack down on religious funerals, weddings Watch

Image of

As the Communist Party of China continues to tighten its grip on the regulation of religion and religious activity, a human rights group is ... continue reading

Families are a radical witness to hope in modern society, Archbishop Gomez says Watch

Image of

The Christian family must become a "radical" sign against a climate of despair and isolation Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles said ... continue reading

Christian leaders call for dialogue, end to violence in Hong Kong Watch

Image of

Hundreds of thousands of protestors in Hong Kong are continuing to demonstrate against the government's plans to allow extraditions to ... continue reading

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.