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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Vietnam arrests Dinh Nhat Uy, third blogger in less than a month



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Vietnamese police have arrested a blogger accused of posting “erroneous and slanderous” information about the communist government, state media reported on Monday. The blogger is the third locked up in less than a month in an intensifying crackdown against dissent.

Dinh Nhat Uy was taken into police custody in southern Long An province on Saturday, the state-run Thanh Nien newspaper reported. He is accused of “abusing democratic freedoms”, an offence punishable by up to seven years in prison.


The 30-year-old is the brother of Dinh Nguyen Kha, a student who was sentenced last month to eight years in jail for spreading propaganda against the state.
Two well-known bloggers have been arrested over the past three weeks on the same charges.
So far this year, 46 bloggers or democracy activists have been convicted and imprisoned, more than the number of people locked up for violating national security laws in the whole of last year.

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