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Nicaragua's Carlos Fernando Chamorro Wins European Journalism Prize; is Profiled in NYT

Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, who has recently faced persecution from the government of Daniel Ortega, is the subject of a lengthy article in the New York Times Magazine. He was also named the winner of the Casa América Catalunya Prize for Freedom of Expression in Ibero-America. He will receive the prize May 5 in Barcelona.

Chamorro is the son of former President Violeta Chamorro and Pedro Joaquín Chamorro, the editor of La Prensa newspaper killed in 1978 during the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza.

The journalist, 53, runs a weekly newsletter, Confidencial, and the top-rated “Esta Semana" (This Week) investigative magazine TV show, which is controversial for its investigations of government corruption and cronyism, Tina Rosenberg writes for the NYT Magazine.

“If you are an independent journalist in a country in which independent journalism is seen as a danger to those in power, you sometimes cross a line from reporting the news to being the news. That is what is happening to Carlos Fernando Chamorro,” Rosenberg says.

Read the complete article, The Many Stories of Carlos Fernando Chamorro, and see stories (in Spanish) about his award.