(posted Sept. 3, 11:30 a.m.)- Nicaraguan police on Saturday detained four Panamanians claiming to be journalists returning home after covering a soccer game in El Salvador. The Panamanian suspects were traveling aboard two “media vans” equipped to do live broadcasts, according to Nicaraguan media reports.
The Panamanians, who claim to work for the media company Sistema de Antenas SA de Panamá, were detained after crossing the northern border Saturday night. The group had reportedly spent the day in Honduras, even though they claimed to have been covering a CONCACAF soccer game in El Salvador.
The men have not yet been not been charged with any crime, as police investigate the media vans in which they were traveling.
The Panamanian suspects were detained nearly two weeks after Nicaraguan Police arrested 18 phony Mexican journalists smuggling $9.2 million in cash aboard six Televisa vans.
Nicaraguan police are reportedly on the lookout for suspicious movement by individuals and groups posing as journalists, which authorities suspect is a new modus operandi for drug smugglers in Central America.