Platform regulation in Nicaragua

Following similar developments in Brazil and Paraguay last year, and Honduras, which was covered in our February update, the government of Nicaragua is now pushing forward legislative initiatives regarding the use of social networks in the country. Vice President Rosario Murillo, President Daniel Ortega’s wife, claimed that the use of the social networks is negatively influencing and affecting the capacity of coexistence of families in the country. The proposal includes reforming the Family, Children and Criminal code, among other laws, to prevent violence and ‘Fake News’. Journalists and civil society organisations have criticised the measures, which they consider an attempt to impose censorship. The parliament has already announced that it will open a debate to analyse the proposed reforms.