CPJ.org: Trial of detained Nicaraguan journalists Lucía Pineda and Miguel Mora indefinitely delayed

April 30, 2019 2:25 PM ET

Miami, April 30, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today renewed its calls for Nicaraguan authorities to immediately released detained journalists Lucía Pineda and Miguel Mora. Their trial, which was scheduled to begin yesterday, was instead postponed without a new date set, according to local news reports, here and here.

Mora and Pineda, journalists at the independent cable and digital channel 100% Noticias, have been held in pre-trial detention on charges of “inciting violence and hate” and “promoting terrorism” since their arrests during a police raid on their Managua newsroom on December 21, 2018, as CPJ reported at the time.

“Miguel Mora and Lucía Pineda remain in prison on absurd charges and without any trial date, which confirms what we have known from the start: their detention is arbitrary and political,” said CPJ South and Central America Program Coordinator Natalie Southwick in New York. “There has never been a valid reason for Nicaraguan authorities to detain Lucía and Miguel, and they should be released immediately.”

Julio Montenegro, the journalists’ lawyer, told CPJ via phone that this is the third time the trial has been delayed, but it is the first time that the court has not rescheduled it.

A police officer stands guard in front of 100% Noticias Channel building after its director Miguel Mora was arrested by national police in Managua, Nicaragua December 22, 2018. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas – RC129D595310

Original article published here.

Champions of free speech for World Press Freedom Day 2019: Jover Laurio

Published 2 May 2019 by Deutsche Welle, link here

On World Press Freedom Day 2019, some of DW’s champions of free speech speak their minds on the importance of press freedom in the world. Jover Laurio, a blogger from the Philippines, is one of them. 

“Hi, I am Jover, a blogger, an ordinary citizen, and an advocate of freedom of speech and the press in the Philippines.

An unrestrained environment of expression is what keeps democracies alive. It pursues the truth, it stands up to power, and it exposes abuses against the oppressed, the powerless, and the vulnerable.

In the Philippines, the attacks on media practitioners and the proliferation of fake news prove one thing: a tyrannical government will always see free press and expression as enemies. As a person who’s been on the receiving end of the attacks, it takes courage and love for the country to continue fighting.

BUT I WILL.

As an advocate, I join the global community in the fight to protect free speech in all forms. I call for media institutions, working for and with the people, to choose truth over power, and to use their voices to speak for those who are silenced.

We will hold the line.”