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Vietnam jails bloggers for spreading "propaganda against the state"


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Vietnam jails bloggers for spreading "propaganda against the state"

Three Vietnamese bloggers have been jailed for between four and 12 years as officials continue to clamp down on criticism of the government.

The trio – two men and a woman – founded the ‘Free Journalists Club’ and wrote about human rights abuses, corruption and foreign policy issues.

Nguyen Van Hai was jailed for 12 years. Fellow bloggers Ta Phong Tan and Phan Thanh Hai got 10 years and four years respectively.

They were found guilty of spreading “propaganda against the state in a trial that lasted just a few hours”.

It was postponed in August after the mother of one of the bloggers committed suicide by setting herself on fire.

Human rights groups have described the sentences as “outrageous”.

While Vietnam’s economy has opened up after the isolation that followed the Vietnam War, commentators say the internet is still censored under the so-called “Bamboo Firewall”.

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