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Nicaraguans celebrate International Journalist Day

NICARAGUA’S National Assembly held a special session to mark International Journalist Day today.

National Assembly president Gustavo Porras reminded those present of the sacrifices of Czech journalist Julius Fuchik who was executed by the nazis on September 8 1943.

“He was a communist who was persecuted by fascism, imprisoned and killed by fascism … who always raised the flag of freedom of expression and democracy.”

President of the Nicaraguan Journalists Union, Brenda Trejos Ubau, said Mr Fuchik had taught us that “journalism is not independent, journalism must be committed to the truth and be based on social struggles, justice and human rights.”

Nicaragua has been blighted by what it calls “fake news” from the likes of La Prensa, 100 per cent Noticias and Confidencial aimed at destabilising the Sandinista government.

During last year’s coup, opposition supporters burned down the offices of Radio Ya, trapping around 20 journalists in the building.

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