Nicaragua refuses entry of Charlie Hebdo cartoonist

Nicaraguan government denies entry to Charlie Hebdo cartoonist.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Nicaraguan officials refuse entry of Charlie Hebdo cartoonist scheduled to participate in panel commemorating the attacks on the French satirical magazine earlier this year.

Julien Berjeaut was planned to partake in a panel called "Humor against barbarity, homage to Charlie Hebdo and freedom of expression" in a conference in Managua in Nicaragua. He was not present at the event, however its organizers played a video of him saying the Nicaraguan government will not permit his entry.

Berjeaut said he had worked for many years as a freelance cartoonist for many publications, including Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Ten days prior to his planned visit to Nicaragua, Berjeaut said he had been informed by authorities that he would not be granted permission to enter the country if he arrived there. He was not given any specific reason but believes it had nothing to do with his work as a cartoonist.

Nicaragua’s director of Immıgration did not comment on the matter and France’s ambassador to Nicargua said he was not informed about the refusal to allow Berjeaut into the country.

On January 7 this year, Charlie Hebdo’s office in Paris was attacked, leaving 11 people dead and 11 others injured.

TRTWorld and agencies