Vietnamese Journalist Imprisoned for Anti-State Activities

A Hanoi court sentenced journalist Pham Doan Trang to nine years in prison for allegedly creating “anti-state propaganda” that was “dangerous to society.”

According to Vietnamese authorities, Trang “made, stored and spread documents and articles with anti-state content” from Nov. 2017 to Dec. 2018.

Trang was arrested last October 6, 2020, in Ho Chi Minh City and was detained for several months in pretrial detention without access to a lawyer.

“The prolific writer Pham Doan Trang faces harsh retaliation from the government because of her decade of advocacy for free expression, press freedom, and human rights,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

Trang was the editor of “Tuan Vietnam,” authored several books, and is a well-known blogger in the country.

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