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31 July 2012 |

Harsher crackdown on dissidents prompts act of despair

A jailed blogger's mother died after setting fire to herself to protest her daughter's trial.
18 July 2012 |

Bloggers attacked by suspected state agents

The five bloggers suffered cuts from broken glass after the assailants smashed the window of their vehicle.
5 July 2012 |

Blogger arrested, whereabouts unknown

According to information received by SEAPA, Huynh Thuc Vy was arrested after she and her husband were interrogated by police in connection with their participation in a protest.
22 June 2012 |

Internet decree or Internet-phobia?

The implementation of a proposed decree will greatly obstruct the right to freedom of expression by prohibiting online anonymity and placing the duty on service providers to enforce the decree regulations, ARTICLE 19 notes.
29 May 2012 |

Authorities urged to overturn activist blogger's sentence

Ho Thi Bich Khuong was convicted in 2011 for giving allegedly critical interviews to the foreign media, and for documents that were considered to oppose the state.
23 May 2012 |

Call for release of Catholic activists

The four were arrested for allegedly distributing pro-democracy leaflets and are accused of conducting propaganda against the state.
9 May 2012 |

Attack on state media reporters shows all journalists are at risk

Nguyen Ngoc Nam and Han Phi Long, both reporters with the official Radio Voice of Vietnam, were severely kicked and beaten while covering the forced eviction of around 1,000 villagers from their farmlands.
16 April 2012 |

Three journalists handed anti-state charges

Nguyen Van Hai, Phan Thanh Hai, and Ta Phong Tan were charged with anti-government propaganda concerning a total of 421 articles they had posted on their blogs that "denigrated the state".
20 January 2012 |

Blogger released

Pham Minh Hoang, arrested in August 2010, was released on 13 January 2012.
5 January 2012 |

Peaceful activist sent to "education center" for 24 months

Police arrested Bui Thi Minh Hang for conducting a silent protest and ordered her detained without trial.
3 January 2012 |

Newspaper reporter arrested for undercover investigation of police corruption

Nguyen Van Khuong, who writes under the pen-name of Hoang Khuong, is to be held for four months while the authorities investigate his use of a bribe to expose traffic police corruption.
30 November 2011 |

Appeal court reduces blogger's jail sentence but upholds three years of house arrest

The appeal court judge said he had taken account of Pham Minh Hoang's "recognition" of "his errors," his request for clemency and his pledge to sever all ties with Viet Tan, an outlawed pro-democracy party.
28 November 2011 |

Overturn democracy activist's sentence, says Human Rights Watch

Peaceful blogger Pham Minh Hoang was punished because he wrote about social and political issues in the country and was sentenced to three years in prison and three years on probation.
10 November 2011 |

Two citizen journalists jailed for illegally broadcasting to China

Members of the Falun Gong religious movement, Vu Duc Trung and Le Van Thanh had been broadcasting programmes from the radio station The Sound of Hope Networkover a distance of 800 km from their farm in the town of Thach Loi, east of Hanoi.
27 October 2011 |

Dissidents mentioned in "Guardian" article flee country

Nguyen Thu Tram and Nguyen Ngoc Quang were quoted in the newspaper's article titled "Vietnam cracks down on online critics ahead of Communist congress," published in January 2011, in which they revealed the severe measures taken by the government to maintain control over public opinion.
29 September 2011 |

Dissident writers amnestied

Tran Duc Thach and Nguyen Van Tinh were included in an amnesty celebrating Vietnamese National Day.
21 September 2011 |

Activist and Internet writer sentenced to four years in prison

Lu Van Bay, a prominent pro-democracy activist, wrote and published articles online calling for the end of one-party rule and the introduction of a multiparty political system.
18 August 2011 |

Human Rights Watch calls on authorities to free peaceful land rights activists

Defending people with grievances and peacefully criticising the government are activities that should be protected under the right of freedom of expression in international law, Human Rights Watch said.
10 August 2011 |

French-Vietnamese blogger sentenced to three years in prison

Pham Minh Hoang has decided to appeal and asks the French authorities to pressure the Vietnamese government to review his sentence.
4 August 2011 |

Blogger Paulus Le Son arrested again amid mounting tension

Son's arrest is suspected to be linked to his coverage of the proceedings against Cu Huy Ha Vu, a well-known cyber-dissident.

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