Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Vietnamese journalists see backslide of freedom of the press

The Committee to Protect Journalists asserted Wednesday that during the time leading up to Viet Nam’s accession into the World Trade Organization (WTO) freedom for journalists was on the rise, but that since January 11, the official date of accession, many of these gains have been rescinded, according to a Nieuwsbank article.

The most recent case of this ongoing suppression involves the arrest of author and journalist Tran Khai Thanh Thuy, who was detained Saturday because of pro-democracy articles posted on the internet. She faces up to 12 years if convicted. Thuy has also been accused of being a member of Bloc 8406, a prominent dissident group.

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