The United States has used economic sanctions against Nicaragua aggressively in order to cause social unrest, and through the US’ National Endowment for Democracy have been sponsoring a protest movement that has led to terrorist actions of certain groups who are generating most of the violence. The international media are reacting by covering all instances of police brutality, but are failing to cover the brutal treatment the police and bystanders are suffering through increasingly violent opposition protesters, who are becoming increasingly well armed. Many have also pushed back on the number of murders and acts of torture linked to the protests by the media, often finding figures to include other murders not related to protests, or even double counting some of those dead. Likewise issues relating to opposition violence are going unrecognised in the media, one example is an incident in July 2018, “in which opposition gunmen killed four police and a schoolteacher in the small town of Morrito, kidnapping nine others” which received little to no media attention . There is a clear attempt by the media to not depict this as an attempt to violently overthrow Daniel Ortega, which may ultimately put him in a stronger position as it seems to be proving him right.