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Luat Khoa and The Vietnamese’s Press Release on the Indictment of Three Members of The Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN)’s

Luat Khoa and The Vietnamese’s Press Release on the Indictment of Three Members of The Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN)’s As media organizations, Luat Khoa and The Vietnamese magazines vehemently denounce the three recent arrests of the three members of IJAVN: Le Huu Minh Tuan (detained on June 12, 2020), Nguyen Tuong Thuy (detained on May 23, 2020, and Pham Chi Dung (detained on November 21, 2019). All of these three journalists were charged with the crime “publish, store,

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RSF – Another independent journalist arrested in Vietnam

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrest of Le Huu Minh Tuan, the fourth member of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN) to be detained since last November in what seems to be a sign of nervousness within Vietnam’s ruling elite. A young independent journalist writing under the name of Le Tuan, he was arrested by the police in Ho Chi Minh City on 12 June after receiving threatening and intimidatory messages for months from the public security bureau,

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CPJ – Journalist Le Huu Minh Tuan arrested on anti-state charge in Vietnam

Bangkok, June 15, 2020 – Vietnamese authorities should immediately release journalist Le Huu Minh Tuan and drop the charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today. On June 12, Ho Chi Minh City authorities arrested Tuan and charged him under Article 117 of the country’s criminal code, a provision that criminalizes “opposing the state,” according to news reports and a statement issued by the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam, a local unsanctioned independent press group, which CPJ reviewed.

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IJAVN – Declaration of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam on the arrest of Mr. Thuy Tuong Nguyen by authority in Vietnam

STATEMENT BY THE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION OF VIETNAM On May 23, the Investigation Security Agency of Ho Chi Minh City, announced the prosecution and arrested Mr. Thuy Tuong Nguyen, Vice President of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN). The Agency accused him of  “making, storing, distributing or disseminating information, documents and articles to be used against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, according to Article 117 of the Vietnam’s Penal Code.” Previously, on November 21, 2019, the same Agency also

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CPJ – Two journalists detained on anti-state charges in Vietnam

  Bangkok, May 26, 2020 — Vietnam should immediately release journalists Nguyen Tuong Thuy and Pham Chi Thanh, and drop all charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On May 21, authorities arrested Thanh, a freelance journalist who blogs under the pseudonym Pham Thanh, at his home in Hanoi, and charged him under Article 117 of the country’s criminal code, a provision that criminalizes “opposing the state,” according to news reports. On May 23, Hanoi police arrested

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RFS – Vietnam arrests two leading members of independent journalists group

Nguyen Tuong Thuy, a 68-year-old blogger and IJAVN vice-president, was arrested on 23 May in Hanoi, where he lives, and was immediately transported 1,700 km south of the capital to Ho Chi Minh City, where he continues to be held. A former Vietnamese Communist Party combatant, Thuy became a reporter for Radio Free Asia, which is funded by the US Congress.   Pham Chi Thanh, a journalist and prominent IJAVN member who uses the pseudonym of Pham Thanh, was arrested

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Radio Free Asia Condemns Arrest of Vietnamese Blogger

  WASHINGTON — Radio Free Asia (RFA) today condemned the arrest of Nguyen Tuong Thuy, a Vietnamese blogger who has contributed commentary to RFA’s Vietnamese Service for six years. Police reportedly accused Nguyen of “making, storing, and disseminating documents and materials for anti-state purposes.” Last March, RFA contributing blogger Truong Duy Nhat was sentenced to 10 years in prison, while Nguyen Van Hoa, an RFA videographer continues to serve a seven-year jail term. RFA President Bay Fang issued the following

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VNTB – Activists harassed in Hanoi 

(VNTB) – Activists were harassed by authorities amid coronavirus crisis Can Thi Theu – land rights activist At 8:30 on March 17, 2020, law enforcement from Ngoc Luong commune in Yen Thuy, Hoa Binh Province presented a summon to Ms. Can Thi Theu demanding the family to come for a working session regarding their residence registration at the police station. Around 10 policemen and authorities presented. There were two strange men who quickly disappeared after failing telling their names and

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HRW – MEPs: Don’t waste your chance to change Vietnam

Claudio Francavilla EU Advocacy Officer   In coming weeks, the European Parliament is expected to take a binding decision on whether to approve, postpone or reject the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (IPA). The votes come after a long, troubled path, whose end might not be in sight. Negotiations between the Commission and the Vietnamese government went from 2012 to June 2019. During this time, Vietnam has been engaged in a brutal crackdown on dissent and organised labour, especially

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RFA – Vietnamese Authorities Block Detained Writer’s Access to Lawyer During ‘Investigation’

Vietnamese authorities are blocking defense lawyers from speaking with a journalist detained for criticizing Vietnam’s government, saying that their investigation into the writer’s case has not yet finished, one of the two attorneys told RFA on Thursday. Independent journalist Pham Chi Dung was detained on Nov. 11 by security officers at his home in Ho Chi Minh City and charged with conducting “anti-state propaganda” under Article 117 of Vietnam’s Criminal Code. According to police, Pham wrote anti-state articles and cooperated

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RFA – Jailed Journalist Urges EU Not to Ratify FTA With Vietnam

Eugene Whong Jailed Vietnamese independent journalist and Pham Chi Dung Tuesday urged the European Parliament not to ratify the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) through a video message made prior to his arrest last month. The video message was played during a conference on “Human Rights and the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement,” hosted by MEP Julie Ward and organized by the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) and other civil society organizations. Pham, who was arrested on Nov. 21 and