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Vietnam: The worst place in the world to be a blogger?
Vietnam is dedicated to criminalizing dissent on blogs, Here’s why its latest victim was put away.
The latest blogger to be arrested is Pham Viet Dao, who was incarcerated for “anti-state activity,” according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Dao writes about “politically sensitive issues such as the territorial dispute with China.”
If Dao is found guilty of violating Article 258 of Vietnam’s penal code, he will face a sentence of up to seven years.
The courts have handed out sentences in excess of a decade for various “crimes” involving dissident speech and even simply mentioning sensitive issues.
Curt Hopkins has over two decades of experience as a journalist, editorial strategist, and social media manager. His work has been published by Ars Technica, Reuters, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. He is the also founding director of the Committee to Protect Bloggers, the first organization devoted to global free speech rights for bloggers