Nicaraguan authorities raid, shut down critical TV station

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan authorities have raided the offices of a critical television station and shut it down, a week after raiding the offices of non-governmental groups and a critical newspaper.

The press director for 100% Noticias sent WhatsApp messages to other journalists saying that station director Miguel Mora was detained during the Saturday night raid. Backers of President Daniel Ortega had filed criminal complaints accusing Mora of generating hate and during a wave of anti-government protests that broke out in April.

Station press chief Lucia Pineda also said police were taking away control equipment from the station, which went off the air.

The national broadcast regulator issued a statement banning cable operators from carrying the station.

Police last week raided groups including the Nicaragua Center for Human Rights and the newspaper Confidencial.

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