Jairo Videa is a Nicaraguan journalist and editor. Born in Managua, Jairo Videa studied communications at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua. He also holds degrees in Politics and Citizenship Studies from Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), Communications Strategy from ES Comunicación, and Digital Marketing from Shaw Academy. He currently works as Co-Director and journalist at the independent digital newspaper he co-founded, Coyuntura https://www.coyuntura.co/.
From a very young age, Videa has been actively involved in the world of journalism and communications, where he has undertaken works of investigative journalism on politics, human rights, immigration, and vulnerable communities, among others. In 2017, at just 21 years of age, Videa co-founded Coyuntura, an independent digital space for investigative journalism with a young and diverse point of view, born with the aim of sparking debate and provoking social change in Nicaragua and the region. From this platform, Videa’s pieces and collaborations have explored issues related to corruption, human rights, health, public policy, and the environment. Videa has been a presenter and mentor in several educational initiatives and is currently involved in the Regional Program of the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) and the Digital Journalism and Combating Fake News Program of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
Given his work’s primary focus on denouncing the crimes against humanity committed by the government of Nicaragua under the mandate of Daniel Ortega, Videa has been persecuted by the Nicaraguan authorities. After living as a refugee in Honduras for a year and a half, Videa returned to Nicaragua in 2020 planning to resume his journalism work. He was forced to leave Nicaragua once again due to threats and is currently an ICORN writer in residence being hosted by PEN Català’s Writers in Refuge programme. From his host city of Barcelona, Videa continues engaging in journalism as Co-Director of Coyuntura.