Source: Sputnik Mundo
What’s it about: The article summarizes the Nicaraguan government’s response to media reports on the government’s “false positive” strategy: the killings, arrest or torture of civilians made out to be violent rebels by the government. In a statement, the government called on citizens to dismiss these reports as a disinformation campaign by government critics. The article ends by quickly summarizing Nicaragua’s political crisis.
Why it’s misleading: In its summary of the country’s political crisis, Sputnik sticks to the position of the Ortega government, which describes protestors as “terrorists” and glosses over the extrajudicial killings, torture, and imprisonment of protests at the hand of paramilitary and security forces directed by Ortega. According to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission, since anti-government protests began in Spring 2018, more than 700 people have been imprisoned, 325 have been killed, nearly 2,000 have been injured and thousands have fled the country.