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October 22, 2014

Vietnamese journalist Dieu Cay released

Nguyen Van Hai , a citizen journalist better known by the blog name of Dieu Cay , was released Tuesday. Reporters Without Borders , however, pointed out that 26 other citizen journalists are still held in Vietnam, the world’s third biggest prison for netizens. The Vietnamese authorities confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Dieu Cay, who had been held since April 19, 2008, was taken to Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport and was put on a flight to the United States. Vietnamese media said his family was not... MORE
March 4, 2014

Vietnamese blogger sentenced on anti-state charges

Vietnamese blogger Truong Duy Nhat was sentenced to prison today for online posts critical of the country's Communist Party-led government, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ruling and urges Vietnamese authorities to stop persecuting independent bloggers. A court in the central city of Danang ruled that entries on Nhat's personal blog, Nhat Mot Goc Nhin Khac (Another Point of View), violated Article 258 of the penal code, a vague law that prohibits "... MORE
February 19, 2014

Appeal court upholds Vietnamese blogger's conviction

A Vietnamese court today rejected the appeal of blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan , who was sentenced in October to 30 months in prison on tax evasion charges, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ruling and calls for the blogger's immediate and unconditional release. The Hanoi People's Court of Appeals ruled in a half-day trial that Quan's appeal failed to present new evidence and that the lower court's verdict was valid, according to news... MORE
May 5, 2011

Vietnam: Independent publisher freed, but questioned again

Bui Chat , the head of the independent publishing house Giay Vun (“Recycled Paper), was released on May 2 after being held for three days on his return from Argentina but was briefly detained again on May 3 for more questioning, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The authorities have also kept the “Freedom to Publish Prize” which he received from the International Publishers Association (IPA) during his visit to Buenos Aires and which was confiscated... MORE
May 2, 2011

Vietnam: Detained for winning “Freedom to Publish Prize”

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned underground publisher and poet Bui Chat’s arrest at Tan Son Nhat airport on April 30. The founder of the Giay Vun publishing house, Chat had just returned from Buenos Aires, where he had received the “Freedom to Publish Prize” from the International Publishers Association (IPA). “The Vietnamese authorities gave no reason for Chat’s arrest but it seems directly linked to the prize he received,” RSF said. “Although... MORE
April 6, 2011

Vietnam: Two radio station operators to be tried for broadcasting to China

Beijing’s reach does not stop at China’s borders. The Chinese government successfully pressured the Vietnamese authorities to arrest two people, Vu Duc Trung and Le Van Thanh , for operating an unauthorised short-wave radio station that was broadcasting in Chinese from a farm outside Hanoi, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The organisation is worried by this latest evidence of Chinese influence over its Asian neighbours in matters concerning media... MORE
February 25, 2011

Vietnam: Wife confesses to murdering journalist

The police say journalist Le Hoang Hung’s wife, Tran Thuy Lieu, came to them on February 20 and confessed to causing his death by spraying him with a chemical as he slept and setting him on fire, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Lieu told the police she deliberately misled them by making it look as though an intruder was responsible. Her motives were linked to family and economic problems. Any connection with Hung’s work as a journalist can now be... MORE
February 15, 2011

Malaysian complicity in cyber-dissident’s arrest by Vietnam

Vietnamese cyber-dissident Vu Quang Thuan’s deportation by Malaysia and his arrest by the Vietnamese authorities on arrival at Ho Chi Minh City airport on February 2 has been condemned by Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). He is now facing a possible 20-year jail sentence of a charge of anti-state propaganda. No date has been set for his trial. Aged 44 and a leader of the Vietnam Progressive Democratic Movement, an opposition party founded in 2007, Thuan fled in... MORE
February 2, 2011

Set on fire while sleeping, investigative reporter in Vietnam dies from burns

Le Hoang Hung an investigative reporter for the newspaper Nguoi Lao Dong (Workers) died in hospital on January 29 from the injuries he received when an intruder sprayed him with chemicals and set fire to him while he was asleep in his home in Tan An, a town near Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam, on January 20, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “We are appalled by the barbaric fashion in which Le Hoang Hung was murdered and we call on the Long An... MORE
January 19, 2011

Vietnam adopts new decree “regulating” journalists and bloggers

Vietnam has issued a new decree regulating the activities of journalists and bloggers that includes provision for fines of up to 40 million dong (2,000 dollars) in a country in which the average salary is 126 dollars. “The government is demonstrating its determination to tighten its grip on news and information just as the ruling Communist Party is holding its congress,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) reacted. “This decree is trying to apply the censorship... MORE