Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), had a tight schedule in Bogota, where he arrived last week to deliver an award that recognized the best journalistic research in Latin America, in the COLPIN contest, based on requests for access to public information. Although he was only for a few hours in the Colombian capital, he took time to talk about the situation in Nicaragua, the country in the region that currently “worries” the Office he leads.
Lanza knows first-hand the state of freedom of expression and press in Latin America. In the set of abuses that independent journalists suffer in the continent, he places among the most serious cases the continued illegal detention that Nicaraguan reporters are suffering at the hands of the Police of the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.
“There are no guarantees for journalism. Until that happens, journalists will continue to do their job with a lot of courage, and in a kind of conditional freedom: at any moment they can be attacked or detained,” warned Lanza.