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PEN International, PEN America, PEN Argentina, and PEN San Miguel de Allende, with the support of other PEN Centres in the Americas, have established the International Observatory “Eye on Nicaragua”, accessible on The PEN International website,                                   and here on the PEN San Miguel website.

This is a space where the Nicaraguan government’s sustained censorship attempts are exposed and documented.

We, of San Miguel PEN, are honored and excited to support, defend, and continue the extraordinary and brave work of our comrades and compadres in Nicaragua.

NEWS At least 175 attacks on freedom of the press and freedom of expression were documented by the trade union organisation Periodistas y Comunicadores Independientes de Nicaragua (PCIN) in the period January-March this year. The most recent report of the Observatorio de Agresiones a la Libertad de Prensa Independiente, presented on 21 April, warns that attacks on free journalism persist, having counted 78 complaints: 18 in January, 34 in February and 26 in March. The document points out that in Nicaragua "the profession" of journalist has been "criminalised," with men and women in the press being prosecuted and sentenced "for reporting or for being a voice critical of Daniel Ortega's government". It recalls that to date, journalists Miguel Mora, Miguel Mendoza, Cristiana Chamorro, Jaime Arellano (both under house arrest), Pedro Joaquín Chamorro and Juan Lorenzo Holman Chamorro are still in prison.

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