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3 Vietnamese bloggers charged over their writing

/ 01:14 PM April 16, 2012

HANOI, Vietnam — Prosecutors in Vietnam have charged three well-know bloggers with spreading anti-government propaganda.

Lawyer Ha Huy Son said Monday that his client Nguyen Van Hai and two others, Phan Thanh Hai and Ta Phong Tan, have been charged. The state-run newspaper Ho Chi Minh City Law said the three are accused of posting 421 articles on their blogs that “distorted and opposed the State.”

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It said Nguyen Van Hai and Phan Thanh Hai are also accused of attending a nonviolence training course aimed at overthrowing the government.

All three belong to the outlawed “Free Journalists Club.” All Vietnamese media outlets are under state control.

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The three bloggers are in custody awaiting trial, where they face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

TOPICS: Bloggers, blogging, freedom of speech, Government, Internet, Media, politics, propaganda
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