Vietnamese magazine reporter held for “abusing democratic freedoms”
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Media persons wait in line for a security check before the start of the opening session of the National Party Congress, in Hanoi, Vietnam, 26 January 2021, MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP via Getty Images

In the weeks leading up to the Congress, courts handed down several lengthy sentences to individuals based on their online activities.

Vietnamese journalists Pham Chi Dung, Nguyen Tuong Thuy, and Le Huu Minh Tuan were convicted and received long prison sentences for the charge of publishing “distorted information about the people’s government.” The three are members of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam, which advocates for press freedom.

Vietnamese writer Tran Duc Thach was convicted on charges of subversion under Article 109 of the country’s criminal code. He was arrested in April for Facebook posts criticizing corruption in government and human rights abuses in the country.