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PEN Nicaragua statement on the harassment and surveillance of journalist Ismael López Ocampo and his family by army

Thursday 31 October 2013 - 12:00am

PEN Nicaragua have made a statement denouncing the harassment and surveillance of Ismael López Ocampo, journalist for the newspaper Confidencial and for the weekly TV news programme Esta Semana, and his family by high-ranking plainclothes officials from the Nicaraguan army’s Defence Information Directorate (Dirección de Informacíon para la Defensa - DID) between August and October 2013.

The director of Confidential and Esta Semana, Carlos F. Chamorro has also written a letter of protest to the army chief General Julio César Avilés, which was published in the Nicaraguan media on 28 October.

For more information, contact Guillermo Cortés Domínguez, Chair of PEN Nicaragua’s Writers in Prison Committee (, mobile: +505 8885-2750, landline: +505 2278-7125) or Tamsin Mitchell, Americas/ Africa Researcher and Campaigner | Writers in Prison Committee | PEN International (, Tel. +44 (0)20 7405 0338)