Carlos Fernando Chamorro

founder and director Confidencial

Carlos Fernando Chamorro is the founder and director of Confidencial (1996), a Nicaraguan media outlet focused on producing quality journalism in multimedia formats and serving the public interest. He also founded the TV programs Esta Semana (2000) and Esta Noche (2006). He was the director of the daily newspaper Barricada between 1980-1994 and a reporter for the daily newspaper La Prensa between 1978 and 1979.He has been a Knight Fellow at Stanford University (1997-1998) and a visiting professor in the journalism master’s program at the University of California Berkeley (1998-1999).

His work has received numerous awards, including the 2009 Freedom of Expression in Iberian America Award, granted by Casa America Catalonia, the 2010 Maria Moors Cabot Prize awarded by Columbia University’s Journalism School, and the Ortega y Gasset Award for a lifetime of achievement in journalism, presented in 2021.

Since June 2021, Chamorro has been working from exile in Costa Rica after the Nicaraguan police assaulted Confidencial and confiscated his media outlet. In February 2023, the Ortega regime stripped him of his nationality alongside other journalists, human rights activists, and opposition leaders.

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