Nicaragua-Overview

Civil society in Nicaragua faces growing restrictions as political power has become increasingly concentrated in recent years. The executive has been able to follow this course of action thanks to a disciplined congressional majority and a highly partisan judiciary. Free expression is being damaged due to the construction of a media empire in the hands of the president’s family, the disciplining of critical media through the arbitrary allocation of state advertising, extreme secrecy and a tight control on the flow of public information. The government also exercises control over the streets, which are systematically occupied by the president’s supporters to the detriment of opposition groups. Consequently, civil society views its space as dangerously and rapidly narrowing.