Nicaragua’s customs agency is blocking the importation of supplies for newspaper production, an action taken in response to press exposure of corruption.
The newspaper El Nuevo Diario reported that the order not to allow entry of newsprint came from the finance and public credit ministry and its two dependencies, the customs office and revenue office. The paper called the action political vengeance, as a clear reprisal for a series of published investigations into alleged wrongdoing and nepotism in the current administration.
The newspaper said that it has been facing constant obstacles set by the tax authorities, which range from causing documents to go astray to a suspicious delay in granting import permits and delivery of supplies.
Newsprint is among the products that must be imported to Central America.
The Inter American Press Association accused Nicaragua of using government actions to impede media production and the flow of information.