Vietnam arrests prominent blogger pham chi dung

Vietnamese authorities arrested blogger và independent journadanh sách Pmê mẩn Chi Dung, a prominent government critic và VOA contributor, in Ho Chi Minc City Thursday.

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In a statement posted online, Vietnam"s Ministry of Public Security accused Dung of “dangerous” anti-state actions, including “fabricating, storing, & disseminating information, as well as other materials opposing the Vietnamese government.”

State media said Dung carried out “anti-regime activities such as producing anti-state articles, cooperating with foreign media."

Dung, 53, president of the outlawed Independent Journalist Association of Vietphái mạnh (IJAVN), could face a jail sentence of five khổng lồ trăng tròn years if found guilty, local media said.

Dung, who writes regularly on VOA"s Vietnamese Blog, faced similar allegations in 2012.

IJAnước ta vice president Nguyen Tuong Thuy told VOA that Dung’s arrest was “a dangerous move khổng lồ silence dissenting voices & repress freedom of speech in Vietnam.”

IJAVN"s trang web has been blocked since Dung’s arrest. Thuy said he fears “the arrest will have a big impact on the group’s activities và its members,” as authorities continue lớn investigate the group.

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Dung established IJAViệt Nam as a “civil society organization,” July 4, 2014, and has said that America"s Independence Day inspired hyên lớn create a platsize khổng lồ advocate for freedom of the press, freedom of expression & democracy.


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“The arrest of Pmê mẩn Chi Dung is the continuation of an intensified crackdown against political activists & bloggers in Vietnam giới,” freelancer Duong Van Tnhị, a Vietnamese political asylum seeker in Thái Lan và a former state-run truyền thông reporter in Vietphái nam, told VOA. “The arrest showed Hanoi’s desire lớn exercise greater control over the freedom of speech."

Nguyen Tuong Thuy noted that Dung’s criticism of the government had intensified of late, likely triggering his arrest.

“He has written more aggressively in a stronger style, but Pđam mê Chi Dung is still the same!" Thuy said

Dung resigned from the Communist Party in 2013, ending trăng tròn years of membership. In the years since, Reporters Without Borders has lauded hlặng as an "information nhân vật." In addition khổng lồ VOA, he has contributed khổng lồ NBC News & Nikkei Asian nhận xét.

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The Vietnamese government continues khổng lồ ban independent or privately-owned media outlets. It exerts strict control over radio & TV stations và printed publications, và routinely block access lớn politically sensitive websites.