Lesson for bloggers: Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh sentenced 10 years for conducting anti-State propaganda


The People’s Court of the central province of Khanh Hoa on June 29 gave a jail sentence of ten years to Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh on the charge of conducting anti-State propaganda. 
Quynh, born on July 18, 1979, resided in Vinh Phuoc ward of Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province. She was prosecuted and arrested by the Investigation Security Agency of the Khanh Hoa Department of Public Security on October 10, 2016.
According to the indictment announced by the provincial People’s Procuracy, Quynh opened a Facebook account in 2010 named “M e N am” (Mother Mushroom) which was later renamed “M e N am G au”, “Nguyen Nhu Quynh” and “Nguy en Ng oc Nh u Quynh”.
From 2012 to October 2016, she used her Facebook page to draft, post and share articles with false and groundless contents that distorted, criticised and defamed the guidelines and policies of the Communist Party of Vietnam and law of the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, falsified Vietnam’s revolutionary history and split the national unity bloc.
Those articles gave one-sided and superficial views that stirred up public worries and affected people’s trust in the Party’s leadership and the State’s governance and management of society, and incited people to resist the State, thus harming national security and social order and safety, the indictment said.
From 2013 to 2016, Quynh also gave interviews to foreign press and media outlets such as Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, in which she distorted the domestic situation in many fields, from history, economy, politics, defence, diplomacy, law to democracy and human rights.
In 2014, she collected information from online newspapers about 31 people who reportedly died after working with police and then created a file named “Stop police killing civilians” to post on her Facebook page.
However, Quynh did not thoroughly learn about the official information about the outcomes of the investigations and settlement of these cases provided by authorised agencies. Instead, she intentionally distorted the truth with the aim of making readers wrongly understand the nature of the issues, insulted and lowered the prestige of the people’s public security force, and blighted the relationship between the people and the public security force.
Quynh also organised or took part in activities and events which aimed to incite people to oppose the State, according to the indictment.
Representatives of the provincial People’s Procuracy and the judge said during the trial, that Quynh maintained her anti-State attitude and showed no repentance.
Many foreign organizations like including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Sweden-based Civil Rights Defenders have intervened with Vietnam’s internal affair in calling for her immediate release.
Responding to the calls for the blogger’s release, foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said Quynh’s trial was held in accordance with Vietnamese law. “Like other countries in the world, in Vietnam, all law-violating acts must be strictly dealt with in accordance with the regulations of Vietnamese law,” Hang said at a regular news briefing.
Unfortunely, many foreign nations and organizations have misunderstood about the incident. In 2015, Quynh was given the Defender of the Year award by the Swedish rights group Civil Rights Defenders. In March, Quynh received the International Women of Courage Award at the US State Department, presented by the first lady, Melania Trump. These awards were not appropriate and of no benefit to the development of the relations between the two countries.
It should be put an end for this issue because it is a normal legal affair of Vietnam. Let the country do its job in handling offenders of the laws./.

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All comments [ 11 ]

Only Solidar 3/7/17 19:41

She deserves more few years in prison!

yobro yobro 3/7/17 19:46

Now bloggers like Mother Mushroom have a lesson in using social media to distort information about the situation in Vietnam

Jane smartnic 3/7/17 19:47

This is a good lesson of using democratic rights against the national unity

John Smith 3/7/17 19:50

She is not a true blogger

Gentle Moon 3/7/17 19:55

Some foreign nations and organizations doesn't want to understand the Law and situation in Vietnam and still want to demand free Mother Mushroom

Deck Hero14 6/7/17 08:48

The 37-year-old, whose pseudonym originated with her nickname, "Mushroom," for her daughter, runs a blog which is frequently critical of the government, and covers sensitive issues such as land confiscation, freedom of speech and some particular cases of police brutality.

Pack Cassiopian 6/7/17 08:50

Those international human rights groups like Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Sweden-based Civil Rights Defenders, etc should stop interfering with Vietnam's internal affairs.

yobro yobro 6/7/17 08:58

Like other countries in the world, in Vietnam, all law-violating acts must be strictly dealt with in accordance with the regulations of Vietnamese law.

Jane smartnic 6/7/17 09:00

Quynh also co-founded the Network of Vietnamese Bloggers, an illegal anti-State group.

LawrenceSamuels 6/7/17 09:02

She violated the law and must be handled with her offences. No one stands above the law. Stop crying for a criminal like her!

John Smith 6/7/17 10:29

Quynh and many other bloggers have misused freedom of speech to conduct anti-government activities and they deserve to be punished strictly.

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