The Americas

Nicaraguan Journalist Flees to U.S. After Threat

MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- A Nicaraguan newspaper says one of its reporters has fled to the United States following what she described as threats from supporters of the ruling Sandinista party.

The director of the El Nuevo Diario newspaper says he has filed a complaint about the threats against reporter Silvia Gonzalez with international press freedom groups.

Nuevo Diario Director Francisco Chamorro says someone also threw a severed chicken head into Gonzalez's patio, with her name on it.

National Police spokesman Fernando Borge told Channel 12 television Saturday that the case "had been investigated and she was given police protection."

But Gonzalez said in a call from Miami, Florida, that she is afraid to return to Nicaragua.