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World Prominent Vietnamese blogger and activist arrested.

13:50  07 october  2020
13:50  07 october  2020 Source:   dw.com

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Vietnamese authorities arrested blogger and independent journalist Pham Chi Dung, a prominent government critic and VOA contributor, in Ho Chi Minh City Thursday. “The arrest of Pham Chi Dung is the continuation of an intensified crackdown against political activists and bloggers in Vietnam

Police in Vietnam have arrested a prominent blogger for anti-state activities, reports say. Pham Viet Dao, 61, was arrested in Hanoi on Thursday for "abusing democratic Correspondents say that at least 38 activists , including bloggers , have been arrested for anti-state activities in Vietnam this year.

Pham Doan Trang, independent journalist and one of Vietnam's best-known activists, was arrested for allegedly "propagating against the state". Human rights organizations condemn the move.

Zeitungsstand in Hanoi - Reporter ohne Grenzen sieht Vietnam auf Rang 175 von 180 im Ranking der Pressfreiheit (Archiv) © Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP Newspaper stand in Hanoi - Reporters Without Borders sees Vietnam in 175th place out of 180 in the ranking of freedom of the press (archive)

According to reports, Pham Doan Trang was in Ho Chi Minh on Wednesday night (local time) City, the economic center of Vietnam, arrested. The arrest came on the same day that Vietnam and the US held their 24th Annual Human Rights Dialogue, including freedom of expression.

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A prominent blogger has been arrested in Vietnam accused of disseminating anti-state articles in the communist country's latest Vietnam bans private media and all newspapers and television channels are state-run. Lawyers, bloggers and activists are regularly subject to arbitrary arrest and detention.

A prominent blogger has been arrested in Vietnam accused of disseminating anti-state articles in the communist country’s latest crackdown on online dissent, police Lawyers, bloggers and activists are regularly subject to arbitrary arrest and detention. According to Reporters Without Borders, Vietnam

The Vietnamese authorities accused Trang of "producing, storing or distributing" information and material directed against the Vietnamese state. The hardest sentence is 20 years imprisonment, as the organization "Defending the Defenders" reports.

Trang is an author of numerous books, a journalist and an activist. She works on topics such as LGBT rights, women's rights, environmental issues, police brutality, oppression of activists, land rights and electoral law.

Phil Robertson, Asia deputy director of Human Rights Watch, condemned Trang's arrest. "Despite years of systematic harassment by the government, including severe physical assault, it has remained true to its principles - the peaceful advocacy of human rights and democracy," said Robertson.

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HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnamese authorities arrested a prominent dissident and blogger on Wednesday, hours after Vietnam and the United States Vietnam 's Communist government does not tolerate dissent. A number of democracy activists are arrested and jailed each year. The U.S. and

A Vietnamese court jailed a prominent blogger for 10 years on Thursday for publishing propaganda against the state, her lawyer said, the latest Despite sweeping economic reform in Vietnam , and increasing openness towards social change, including gay, lesbian and transgender rights, the

Robertson urged the government to listen and not suppress their reflections on reform and calls for real people participation.

"Human Rights Watch strongly condemns #Vietnam ’s arrest of Pham Doan Trang. Every day she spends behind bars is a grave injustice that violates Vietnam’s international human rights commitments and brings dishonor to the government." / 4 @hrw #Vietnam #FreePhamDoanTrang pic.twitter.com/rPYksTkhNj

- Phil Robertson (@Reaproy) October 7, 2020

2019 she received an award for the effect from the organization "Reporters Without Borders" who did their job . The organization said that Pham Doan Trang “worked tirelessly for civil rights in their country”. She has already been arbitrarily arrested several times.

No freedom of the press in Vietnam

Despite extensive economic reforms and increasing openness to social change, the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam tolerates little criticism. Before an important party congress in January next year , she is increasingly against activists before . Vietnam ranks 175th out of 180 countries in the press freedom list of the organization Reporters Without Borders. According to this, bloggers and citizen journalists are the only independent source of information.

ust / kle (dpae, rtre, Reporters Without Borders, HRW, vietnamhumanrightsdefenders.net)

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