Vietnam arrests bloggers for defaming state leaders

26/12/2016
Nguyen Danh Dung


Police in Vietnam have arrested some bloggers for publishing content on the Internet, including YouTube, that distorted state policies and libeled government officials.
Officers in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa said on Sunday that they had captured Nguyen Thanh Dung, 29, on charges of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the state and the legitimate rights and interests of organizations and citizens.
Dung will be in detention for three months to facilitate an investigation into his accusations.
The man has his permanent residency registered in Tao Xuyen Ward, Thanh Hoa City, which is the provincial capital.
Many articles and videos distorting Party and government policies and slandering Party and government leaders, as well as provincial officials, have gone viral on social media and personal blogs recently, police said in their preliminary probe.
Thanh Hoa police officers then caught Dung red-handed disseminating such content online on Friday, after quite a time tracking him.
Dung was found graduating from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology and working now at Nghi Son Economic Zone in Tinh Gia District, Thanh Hoa.
He is also the administrator of the ‘ThienAn TV’ YouTube channel, where many videos were uploaded to libel Party and government leaders, police said.
Dung has admitted to creating and administering various online accounts to run such content.
Thanh Hoa police are expanding their probe.
Last month, authorities in the central province of Khanh Hoa also arrested Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 37, and accused her of publishing distorted stories and videos about the government and Party.
They said Quynh ran a blog and Facebook page as Me Nam (Mother Mushroom) since 2012.
She has been accused of abusing democratic rights, distorting facts and attempting to subvert the government and the Party.
The same month, another facebooker, Ho Van Hai, (also known as “Ho Hai”) was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City for distributing documents and information designed to undermine the state.
The People’s Court of Hanoi sentenced blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh and his assistant Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy to five and three years in prison each for anti-state blog posts in March. An appeals court upheld their sentences in October.
There are many people who're acting against interests of the nation and the people, calling themselves with the beautiful names such as human rights defenders or blogger for democracy, etc... In fact, they're abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the state and the legitimate rights and interests of organizations and citizens. They must be punished strictly./.



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