NICARAGUA: EIGHT CATHOLIC RADIO STATIONS SHUT DOWN, CRITICAL OF THE REGIME

EIGHT CATHOLIC RADIO STATIONS IN NICARAGUA SHUT DOWN
The bishop’s voices were gagged by the regime, which intimated their closure by claiming that the transmission license had expired since 2003
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In his sermons, Bishop Rolando José Álvarez of the Diocese of Matagalpa was not soft on President Daniel Ortega. And in the end, his voice was silenced: the Instituto Nicaragüense de Telecomunicaciones y Correos (TELCOR) enjoined the closure of eight stations in the diocese as of Aug. 1, 2022, because they allegedly lacked a broadcasting license, which expired on Jan. 30, 2003. But the diocese denies this reading of the facts, pointing out that the documentation was personally presented by the bishop to TELCOR’s then executive chairman, Engineer Orlando Castillo, on June 7, 2016. To prove it, there is even a receipt that had been issued, yet the regulator’s official response never came, probably to keep the stations in check. The closed stations are: Radio Hermanos de Matagalpa (92.3 MHz), Radio Santa Lucía de Ciudad Darío (88.7), Radio Católica de Sébaco (88.9), Radio Nuestra Señora de Lourdes de El Tuma-La Dalia (99. 9), Radio Nuestra Señora de Fátima de Rancho Grande (88.7), Radio San José de Matiguas (107.7), Radio Monte Carmelo del Rio Blanco (98.9) and Radio Alliens del San Dionisio (88.9).

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