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International organizations urge Nicaraguan legislators to reject 'foreign agents' bill

"In an increasingly fraught climate for independent media in Nicaragua, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the writers’ association PEN International call on the country’s legislators to reject a bill under which many journalists would have to register as 'foreign agents.'

With its declared aim of 'preventing crimes against state security,' the proposed 'Law regulating foreign agents' has triggered an outcry in Nicaraguan civil society and the international community.

Submitted to the national assembly last week by President Daniel Ortega’s Frente Sandinista party, which has a big majority in the assembly, the bill would require any person or entity receiving funds from abroad, including reporters for foreign media, to register with the interior ministry as a 'foreign agent.'"

 

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