Nicaragua Shuts Down Catholic Radio Stations

The Nicaraguan government has ordered seven Catholic radio stations linked to Bishop Rolando Alvarez who has been critical of the country’s president to be shut down.

Bishop Alvarez leads the remote Matagalpa diocese in northern Niccaragua.

“All our radio stations have been closed, but they will not cancel the word of God,” Bishop Rolando Alvarez said on Twitter.

Nicaragua’s telecommunications agency said the Caatholic radio stations did not meet technical requirements to operate, but did not specify what those requirements were.

Nicaragua’s president Daniel Ortega has become isolated and internationally condemned for authoritarian political crackdowns in the Central American country.  

Relations between the Catholic Church and the Ortega government have deteriorated amid a campaign of arbitrary arrests and repression of the church in the Central American country.

Recently Ortega expelled 18 Missionaries of Charity from the Central American country and has 


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