An Austrian-American journalist who was covering the Nicaraguan political turmoil on the occasion, including The Guardian newspaper and the Washington Post were deported, his father confirmed.
Nicaraguan law enforcement officials took Carl David Goette-Luciak from his home in Managua is Centroamérica neighborhood Monday morning, The Guardian understands.
Later that afternoon Goette-Luciak, of Blacksburg in Virginia, was escorted to the flight from the capital of Nicaragua to San Salvador in El Salvador.
Carl David Goette-Luciak
“I talked to him last night. It’s all right” by ilja betlem Luciak, a freelance journalist and father of the Guardian on Tuesday. “There wasn’t a chance to talk about the time questioned, but it did not hurt and he is fine … he was fine.”
Luciak said he believes that his son may be targeted to the daring cover of “state oppression” President Daniel Ortega, installed since the outbreak in April of the next period of unrest, which have claimed hundreds of lives and crippled the economy of the country.
“The Ortega regime have to be fear if they deported someone like Carl David. They really try to make work, especially foreign journalists, it’s impossible … they don’t want the situation to be covered by the” Luciak.
Nicaragua reporter Wilfredo Miranda tweeted a picture of Goette-Luciak said the journalist had sent her after landing in El Salvador the capital on Monday.
Goette-Luciak said Miranda he was handcuffed and driven, semi-clothed, Managua International Airport, where he was questioned in the “white room” for five hours until he was escorted on his journey.
One of the police officers told the journalist that he had been deported on charges of attending illegal protests and disseminating false information. “I explained to them that my work was neutral,” Goette-Luciak.
At one point during the interrogation, Goette-Luciak said the officer came in holding his mobile phone said: “If I didn’t give him the password they would torture me and take me to El Chipote [the notorious Managua prison]”.
“They asked me if I was CIA agent,” Goette-Luciak host.
Goette-Luciak, who will travel to the United States on Tuesday, has been covering Nicaragua’s political and since April, when popular protests against pension changes broke was born a national of a wider rebellion against Ortega and his vice-president, Rosario Murillo, who is his wife.
Human rights activists say more than 500 people dead since April, the majority at the hands of government security forces or pro-Ortega militia. The Nicaraguan government claims less than 200 were killed blames a lot of violence on the U.S.-backed coup-plotters claims rejected by most of the international community, including Nicaragua in Latin America next door.
Disorders destroyed the Nicaraguan economy and the emerging tourism industry.
Luciak said his son had traveled to Central America is the largest country to work as an anthropologist but reports began after a friend of his Nicaragua reporter Angel Gahona, was assassinated in the early days of the unrest.
Goette-Luciak later wrote about Gahona killed in the Guardian and reported from the control of rebels from the city of Masaya the “Washington Post”. He has also appeared on a BBC report about the crisis.
Don’t cover the face of the wrath of supporters of Ortega.
Last week, the committee to protect journalists (CPJ) denounced what it called a targeted online campaign of smears and threats against Goette-Luciak. Accused of being a CIA agent and try to undermine the government, and had his home address published online.
U.S. blogger Max Blumenthal published a long, innuendo-infused attack on the Press that fanned the flames of online campaign against despite admitting “there is no evidence that Goette-Luciak is an asset of the CIA or other U.S. agencies”.
In his article, Blumenthal, who conducted the blind interview with Ortega this year has criticized the reports on the Nicaragua crisis, painted Goette-Luciak, “the novice reporter,” as “propaganda” the Nicaraguan opposition, which was set on regime change.
The journalist’s father rejected the charges against his son. “I don’t have any connection at all to the Central Intelligence Agency. He is motivated by his love of the Nicaraguan people and nothing else.”
Luciak said he believes his son is the expulsion of far more than an individual journalist, saying: “it’s just a story about how difficult it is for journalists to cover Nicaragua.”
In August, the German reporter was attacked by armed men while reporting on a land takeover near the town of Chinandega and the Brazilian documentary maker, Emilia Mello, was deported after being detained while filming a demonstration in the town of Granada.
Nicaragua journalists rld/world/article215489355.html’ data-link-name=’Body-link’ class=’u-confirmation’>said the face of physical attacks by online smear campaigns.
The incident the spokesman said: “We take the safety of journalists, including freelancers, seriously, I am glad that Carl David is now safe. We are committed to reporting on the important stories that are in public interest will continue in the report from Nicaragua. We are grateful to the committee to Protect Journalists and others from speaking on Carl David.”
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