Is blogging a crime? Not in every country, but in countries who want to suppress the voice of the people. In this case, that turns out be Vietnam. . .

What Gadget you are getting this Holiday?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (Rate This)
Loading ... Loading ...

Is blogging a crime? Not in every country, but in countries who want to suppress the voice of the people. In this case, that turns out be Vietnam. The South-East Asian state is being identified as one without any independent media. Even, writing something against the ruling party in the blogosphere is deemed offensive. And, this could lead any blogger to prison. Many have already been sent to jail for expressing their discontent with the government.

The recent victim of the government’s hard stance on bloggers is Ta Phong Tan. She, along with two other bloggers named Phan Thanh Hai (aka Anhbasg) and Nguyen Van Hai (aka Dieu Cay, blogged about corruption in Vietnam’s legal system. This trio was the member of Free Journalists Club, an unsanctioned group pushing freedom of speech in Vietnam. They raised their voices against the Vietnamese government. More specifically, their blogs highlighted trumped-up charges of tax evasion, highlighted human rights abuses by the government, and most importantly challenged Vietnam’s penal code for not guaranteeing the right to freedom of opinion and expression as guaranteed under the constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

But, without permission of the government, creating such a group to push freedom of speech in Vietnam is illegal. In fact, the government of Vietnam doesn’t want to hear any criticism, doesn’t want to have narratives which it hasn’t approve.

Hence, the government arrested all three bloggers – Ta Phong Tan, Phan Thanh Hai and Nguyen Van Hai – at different times bringing different charges. Nguyen Van Hai has been in prison since April 2008, Phan Thanh Hai has been in pre-trial detention since October 2010 and Ta Phong Tan was arrested on September 30 in 2011.

The three bloggers will be tried on charges relating to spreading propaganda against the state. If it is proved that they are convicted on a charge of anti-government propaganda under article 88 of the criminal code, then each of these three bloggers may go to jail for up to twenty years.

The international community is, however, calling for the release of the bloggers. We hope the Vietnamese government will listen.

Source : Slashdot
Special Thanks To : ABC News, Freedom House

Buy Cheapest Related Product From Amazon.com


Facebook Plans On Displaying More Ads In Users’ New Feeds

Samsung Launched Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet To Beat Apple iPad
You can also press the left/right arrow key on your keyboard to go to previous/next post

Tags: ,

  On August 16, 2012(2 years, 0 months ago.)

Recent Products

Compare  
Buy Now | Compare  

What Do You Think?

Loading Disqus Comments ...
Loading Facebook Comments ...

Recent Search

Recent Tutorials

The trick will let you to check your Facebook messages in the original app without downloading Messenger and it works with both iPhone or Android phone.
Want to block all disgusting ads from your android device? Read the tutorial to know how you can block ads on your Android and save data.
Want to repair your memory card? It's very easy to fix corrupted or damaged memory card. In fact you can fix it by yourself.
Are you the one who is frustrated because of the speed of your Android device? No worries, the article will help you increase the speed of that device.
Lately, Google has updated its Google Docs. Now users can crop, rotate, and add borders to images in a document without leaving Google Docs.
Adobe CS products are not free, but the good news is you can now download Photoshop CS2 & all other CS2 product completely free and it's absolutely legal.
At the beginning level, many people don't know how to use Gmail properly. For them, a here's a helpful guideline.
Skype now allows you to call directly from your Outlook account. Find the step-by-step installation process from this tutorial.
This tutorial helps you quickly resolve four of the most common problems that occur with Windows XP.
After releasing Look Back, many people didn't like it. So Facebook planned to add an Edit tool to the feature and now you can edit your Facebook Look Back video.
Close You Have To Login
User:
Pass:
Login With »Login With TwitterLogin With Facebook