Police chief apologises to journalists

first_imgNews NicaraguaAmericas Receive email alerts Gruesome death threats against Nicaraguan exile journalist Police chief Edwin Cordero apologised to journalists at a press conferenceon 31 July about the 18 July interrogation of journalist Luis FelipePalacios of the La Prensa daily newspaper. The police chief recognized thathis men did not respect procedure when they summoned Palacios forquestioning and prevented La Prensa photographer Manuel Esquivel from takingphotographs.——————————————————————————————————————23.07.2002 – Journalist “invited” to reveal his sourcesReporters without borders has expressed its concern over the police interrogation ofLuis Felipe Palacios, of the daily La Prensa, on 18 July 2002. Thequestioning came after Palacios reported on the involvement of ahigh-ranking military officer in acts of corruption. “Every journalist hasthe right to the protection of sources,” declared Reporters without borders Secretary-GeneralRobert Ménard in a letter to Interior Minister Arturo Harding Lacayo. Headded, “Any journalist questioned about information gathered in the courseof their work has the right not to reveal their source,” and “cannot beforced to reveal them.”Reporters without borders noted its concern about the legality of Palacios’s interrogation and asked Harding Lacayo to provide an explanation. The organisation also protested the fact that Manuel Esquivel, a camera operator for La Prensa,was forbidden from taking pictures during the interrogation.According to information gathered by Reporters without borders, on 18 July, Palacios was summoned and interrogated by the Criminal Investigation Unit (Dirección de Investigaciones Criminales, DIC). The interrogation took place after anarticle published that same day revealed the alleged involvement of ahigh-ranking military officer in money laundering and arms trafficking.During the interrogation, the journalist was asked to reveal his sources.The chief of police, Commissioner Edwin Cordero, justified Palacios’ssummons, stating that in drug trafficking matters, the police can act “as amatter of course,” that is to say, without waiting for a judicial order.Esquivel, the camera operator for La Prensa who was accompanying Palacios,was forced to hand over the roll of film that he had used to take picturesduring the interrogation. Deputy Commissioner Denis Tinoco Zeledónthreatened to detain and start proceedings against him for taking pictureswithout asking permission. July 29, 2020 Find out more News NicaraguaAmericas Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage News to go furthercenter_img News Follow the news on Nicaragua September 29, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF and PEN urge Nicaraguan legislators to reject “foreign agents” bill Help by sharing this information June 29, 2020 Find out more RSF_en August 1, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police chief apologises to journalistslast_img read more