Here is an elaborate article published by Human Right Watch on the situation of the press in Vietnam. Extract:
The Vietnamese authorities should immediately drop all charges and release the well-known blogger Nguyen Lan Thang, Human Rights Watch said today.
Police arrested Nguyen Lan Thang, 48, in Hanoi on July 5, 2022, and charged him with “making, storing, distributing or propagandizing information, materials, documents to oppose the state of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under article 117 (1) of the penal code. A criminal court in Hanoi is scheduled to put him on trial in a closed session on April 12, 2023. If convicted, he faces up to 12 years in prison.
After Nguyen Lan Thang’s arrest, the authorities held him incommunicado for more than seven months. His defense lawyers were allowed to meet him for the first time only on February 16, 2023. His family has not been allowed to visit him.
Full article here.
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