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Vietnam detains 33 citizen journalists in 4 years: Report

  • Alexander Hamer

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 13 2013   /  09:29 am

Vietnam has detained at least 33 citizen journalists in the last four years as the government has intensified online censorship and controls, adopted new restrictive legislation and subjected Internet users to arrest, harassment and imprisonment, rights groups claim.

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organization, the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR), have documented over the years a significant number of cases of violations of the right to freedom of expression or opinion in Vietnam.

The France-based human rights groups expose the Vietnamese government’s ongoing efforts to clamp down on free expression in “Bloggers and Netizens Behind Bars”, released today.

“Over the past 18 months, there have been a series of trials with very heavy sentences handed down to bloggers and Internet users who have done nothing other tha...