The right to development in Vietnam is currently threatened by the government’s efforts to restrict public space, particularly online.
Two Vietnamese journalists began a hunger strike to protest their detention conditions.
The Committee to Protect Journalists said that Vietnam has a history of targeting journalists living in exile.
Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Lan Thang was accused of “defaming the party and state” by posting 12 videos about local politics and by giving interviews to the BBC.
Detained independent blogger Huynh Thuc Vy told her young daughter that guards had beaten and choked her at the Gia Trung Prison.
The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Vietnamese authorities to release journalist Pham Doan Trang who was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment on propaganda charges. The case is under appeal and a trial will be held this week.
Detained since 2018 for his reporting on land disputes and corruption, citizen journalist Do Cong Duong died on 2 August. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) sounds the alarm about the situation of the 40 other journalists and bloggers currently detained in Vietnam.
Vietnamese courts have convicted two state media journalists for exposing corruption, sentencing Nguyen Hoai Nam to a long jail term and Phan Bui Bao Thy to a year of “reeducation.”
Le Van Dung, a member of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam, was convicted after a two-hour trial and sentenced to five years in prison and five subsequent years of probation for posting videos on social media that allegedly defamed the Communist Party of Vietnam.
A court in Hanoi sentenced journalist Le Trong Hung to five years in prison and five years of probation. Hung is a reporter for independent online news outlet “Chen Hung Nuoc Viet” and a former National Assembly candidate.
ARTICLE 19 said Vietnamese authorities regularly use the Penal Code to punish human rights defenders, independent journalists and writers, and others exercising their right to freedom of expression.
Court convicts “Bao Sach” journalists who published online reports on corruption in Vietnam.
Journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu previously worked with a state-run newspaper before managing her own Facebook and YouTube accounts. Authorities accused her of posting “anti-state” content on social media.
Le Van Dung, the owner of CHTV, a digital news channel in Vietnam, was arrested after posting social media reports relating to ongoing land disputes and corruption.