78th General Assembly

October 27 – 30, 2022

Madrid, Spain


WHEREAS, for more than a year and a half the regime of Daniel Ortega has unjustly kept the general manager of La Prensa, Juan Lorenzo Holmann, in prison, and two employees of the newspaper were arrested in July of this year

WHEREAS, the Ortega dictatorship completed the usurpation of the newspaper La Prensa with the inauguration of a government office in its headquarters - which had been under police control since last year

WHEREAS, in addition to the directors of La Prensa, Cristiana Chamorro and Pedro Joaquín Chamorro, and commentator Jaime Arellano - under house arrest; and Miguel Mora of 100% Noticias and sports reporter Miguel Mendoza - who have held hunger strikes in prison amid complaints over their deteriorating health - are also behind bars after being hit with unjust prison sentences

WHEREAS, more than 150 journalists have fled the country since the events of April 2018 - including all members of the La Prensa newsroom

WHEREAS, prior to the imprisonment of a Bishop and other priests, the dictatorship closed the television channel and several radio stations of the Catholic Church, as well as the signal of the international television network CNN en Español

WHEREAS, the government has eliminated the legal status of 2,381 non-governmental organizations, including religious orders, universities, foreign foundations, environmental agencies, etc., on the grounds that they are "vulnerable to terrorist financing"

WHEREAS, Principle 1 of the Chapultepec Declaration states: "There are no free people or societies without freedom of speech and press. The exercise of these freedoms is not granted by authorities; it is an inalienable right of the people."


To demand the immediate release of the general manager of La Prensa, Juan Lorenzo Holmann, and the other Nicaraguan journalists jailed and sentenced without due process, as well as the release of more than 200 political prisoners

To condemn the illegal seizure of the offices of the newspaper La Prensa and the constant persecution of its directors, journalists and employees

To demand the return of the CNN en Español signal, as well as the television channel and radio stations of the Catholic Church - shut down by the regime

To ask for an end to the persecution of non-governmental organizations, aimed at allowing greater State control over social activities, and to the detriment of the welfare of the people

To urge the international community to keep on its agenda the issue of the return to democracy in Nicaragua and to back the action plan to support independent media and journalists, presented in April of this year by press freedom organizations led by the IAPA.