Nicaragua: Police raid offices of La Prensa newspaper

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Police in Nicaragua have raided the offices of the country’s main newspaper, La Prensa, which has been highly critical of President Daniel Ortega’s government. Photographs on La Prensa’s website show riot police entering the building and boxes of materials being removed. Journalists said internet access and electricity were cut during the raid. Police said they were investigating allegations of customs fraud and money laundering by the newspaper’s managers. La Prensa is owned by the family of Christiana Chamorro, a high-profile politician who was detained two months ago after announcing she would run against President Ortega in November’s elections. Other presidential hopefuls have also been detained. La Prensa has repeatedly referred to Mr Ortega as a “dictator”.

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