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A Vietnamese court docket sentenced 5 journalists to jail phrases and banned them from working for 3 years, state media reported, after they had been convicted of spreading anti-state content material on a Fb-based information outlet.
They had been discovered responsible of “abusing democratic rights and freedoms to infringe upon the pursuits of the state” at a two-day trial within the southern metropolis of Can Tho, state-run Vietnam Information Company (VNA) mentioned on Thursday.
The journalists arrange a information outlet referred to as Bao Sach (Clear Newspaper) on Fb, which, based on the indictment cited by VNA, carried content material that distorted info and defamed the federal government.
The acts dedicated by the defendants additionally triggered confusion, suspicion among the many individuals.
The authorities in Vietnam repeatedly detain social media customers for posting “anti-state” content material.
Truong Chau Huu Danh, a former reporter and the chief of the group, was sentenced to 4 and a half years in jail whereas the opposite defendants got jail phrases of between two and three years, VNA mentioned.
All 5 might be banned from journalism for 3 years after they depart jail, VNA reported.
Deputy Asia Director for New York-based Human Rights Watch Phil Robertson mentioned Vietnam shouldn’t deal with media as “enemies of the state”.
“Throwing extra citizen journalists into jail will not be going to cease individuals from complaining, or demanding reforms in Vietnam,” Robertson mentioned.
“The federal government ought to recognise that citizen journalists and unbiased media are allies of fine governance.”
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