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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

  More Honduras (and Nicaragua) updates

Alexis Argüello, the mayor of the capital of Nicaragua, Managua, is dead.

The front page of La Prensa, the chief opposition newspaper in Nicaragua, has been offline since at least 8AM this morning. However, you can do deep linking (eg, http://www.laprensa.com.ni/archivo/2009/julio/01/noticias/portada/) to some pages, for some things. For example, clicking on http://www.laprensa.com.ni/archivo/2009/julio/01/noticias/ultimahora/335994.shtml works, while http://www.laprensa.com.ni/archivo/2009/julio/01/noticias/ultimahora/335991.shtml returns an error in even connecting to the website.

This, to me, is a sure sign of clumsy censorship or a DoS attack against La Prensa within Nicaragua that is taking place as I write.

The subject of that apparently blocked article and precís are:



which, translated, is:



The current article, also about Argüello, http://www.laprensa.com.ni/archivo/2009/julio/01/noticias/ultimahora/336012.shtml, is also blocked.

News of Alexis Argüello's death has not made the other major newspaper El Nuevo Diario, as yet.

Update: 12:17 PM OK, Nuevo Diario just ran the story (google translation here)

More on this and the Honduran situation in a bit.... this is what I wrote about the crisis over the last few days.


Update 2:15 PM OK, whatever was blocking parts of La Prensa appears to have been lifted.

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