Managua, Aug 1 The Government of President Daniel Ortega, through the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Post Office (Telcor), ordered this Monday the closure of six Catholic stations -amid friction between the Executive and the Catholic Church-, reported the Diocese of Matagalpa (north). , which manages them.
The stations affected are Radio Hermanos, Radio Nuestra Señora de Lourdes, Radio Nuestra Señora de Fátima, Radio Alliens, Radio Monte Carmelo, and Radio San José, which operate in municipalities in northern Nicaragua.
The Diocese of Matagalpa, led by Bishop Rolando Álvarez, indicated through a statement that the director of Telcor, Nahima Janett Díaz Flores, sent a letter informing her of the closure of Radio Hermanos under the argument that since 30 of January 2003 does not have the valid authorization title.
In this regard, that diocese maintained that Bishop Álvarez personally presented the documentation to Telcor on June 7, 2016 in which he requested the current titles of Radio Hermanos and six other stations, whose letter was received “and was never answered.”
“At this time we have been informed that they have also closed Radio Nuestra Señora de Lourdes (La Dalia municipality), Radio Nuestra Señora de Fátima (Rancho Grande municipality), Radio Alliens (San Dionisio municipality), and Radio Monte Carmelo (Río Blanco municipality). )”, specified the Diocese of Matagalpa.
In addition, Radio San José, founded in 2005, was also closed after being visited by Telcor officials, he added.
THEY WILL CONTINUE INFORMING AND DENOUNCING
The Diocese of Matagalpa assured that they will continue “reporting and denouncing any situation that, like this one, continues to violate freedom of expression and religion in Nicaragua.”
He also reaffirmed his commitment to Evangelization and invited “the people to God to continue bending their knees this coming Thursday, the day of the holy Curé of Ars, praying for the protection and sanctification of priests, and on Friday, August 5, a day of fasting and prayer, because prayer will save Nicaragua”.
“May our pilgrim Lady of Fatima in Nicaragua intercede for all of us!” cried that diocese.
The Government of Nicaragua, through Telcor, has also removed three Catholic channels from programming in the last three months.
The television stations, whose programming was transmitted through subscription television, are in charge of Álvarez, bishop of Matagalpa and administrator of the Diocese of Estelí, who last May denounced being a victim of persecution by the National Police, whose supreme chief is President Ortega.
Álvarez, in charge of the Communication area of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua, also directs the Catholic Channel, closed last May 20, after the bishop denounced being a victim of police persecution and announced a day of fasting, prayer and indefinite exorcism, until the siege was over.
In the complaint from last May, Álvarez stated that Ortega wants “a mute (Catholic) Church,” but that “if the Church were silent, the stones would cry out.”
CHURCH-SANDINISTAS: 43 YEARS OF FRICTION
Relations between the Sandinistas and the Nicaraguan Catholic Church have been marked by friction and mistrust in the last 43 years.
Ortega has branded as “terrorists” the Nicaraguan bishops who acted as mediators of a national dialogue that sought a peaceful solution to the crisis that the country has been experiencing since April 2018.
He has also described them as “coup plotters”, accused of being accomplices of internal forces and international groups that, in his opinion, are acting in Nicaragua to overthrow him.
Nicaragua has been experiencing a political and social crisis since April 2018, which has been accentuated after the controversial general elections on November 7, in which Ortega was re-elected for a fifth term, fourth consecutive and second along with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president, with her main contenders in prison. EFE