THE AMERICAS — NICARAGUA — ADVERTISING & INFLUENCE
The family of President Ortega controls much of the broadcast media in Nicaragua.25 Between 2007-2008, 80 percent of the USD 3.5 million state advertising budget was reportedly channeled into a broadcaster owned by President Ortega’s sons. It is also reported that the president’s wife tried to buy shares in El Nuevo Diario, one of the biggest newspapers in the country, after the government cut publicity that accounted for a quarter of the paper’s advertising revenue. Negotiations fell through when another buyer emerged.
Blake Schmidt, New York Times, “Nicaragua’s President Rules Airwaves to Control Image”, November 28, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/world/americas/daniel-ortega-extends- control-to-nicaraguas-airwaves.html
Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press 2009: Nicaragua, February 26, 2010, http:// cpj.org/2010/02/attacks-on-the-press-2009-nicaragua.php