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AFP Protests Photojournalist's Expulsion From Nicaragua

AFP Protests Photojournalist's Expulsion From Nicaragua - The Agence France-Presse has spoken out against a Chilean photojournalist's expulsion from Managua.

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The AFP (Agence France Presse) has sent a letter to the Nicaraguan Government after a Chilean photojournalist named Hector Retamal was arrested and expelled from Managua.

Juliette Hollier-Larousse, AFP's director for Latin America, said that she strongly protested the arrest and conditions of detention. "[Hector] was held for four days without being allowed to communicate with the outside world. He was denied legal assistance, then deported," she wrote in her letter to Rosario Murillo, the president's spokesperson and first lady of Nicaragua.

Mr Retamal was held for four days at the police station which handles terrorism, drug trafficking, and organised crime. During his detention, Mr Retamal was not able to meet with a lawyer. Only twice was he allowed visits from the Chilean consulate. He was deported Saturday to San Jose, Costa Rica.

No official explanation has been given. "I am outraged that our photojournalist was treated this way,"
added Juliette Hollier-Larousse. "In Nicaragua, AFP was doing its job of reporting the news in an objective, reliable manner, just as it does in the other 149 countries where we work. It is absolutely crucial that we are able to continue to work under satisfactory conditions." She concluded by expressing her confidence that the Nicaraguan government would allow this to happen.

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