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World Association of Journalists arrested in Vietnam

16:02  23 may  2020
16:02  23 may  2020 Source:   dw.com

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Reporters Without Borders hails the creation of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN) are harassed, arrested , imprisoned or terrorized for promoting social progress in what they write Asked about the 35 journalists and bloggers currently detained in Vietnam , Dung told RWB

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In communist Vietnam, the incumbent chairman of an independent journalists' association has been detained. Nguyen Tuong Thuy is accused of anti-state propaganda.

Journalist Nguyen Tuong Thuy has been surprised by the Vietnamese police at his home, according to relatives and the human rights organization "Defend the Defenders".

security guards had moved his house, taken all of his family's cell phones and searched the building. Then the officers would have confiscated Thuy's computers and other personal items. Then he was removed.

denouncing corruption and other grievances

Thuy has made a name for himself as a blogger denouncing social injustice and corruption in the Southeast Asian country. Relatives of the 68-year-old now fear that Thuy could be kept in isolation for months.

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The chairman of the journalists' association IJAVN, Pham Chi Dung, was arrested last November. Human rights activists criticize that the government in Hanoi had intensified the pressure on dissidents before the 13th Communist Party congress scheduled for January 2021. After Dung's arrest, harassment against leading members of the journalist organization was intensified.

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