Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Woman journalist is latest victim Viet Nam's ongoing crackdown on dissent

Tran Khai Thanh Thuy, a prominent Vietnamese writer and journalist, was arrested today for publishing articles that are critical of the government, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Thuy is being charged under article 88 of the Vietnamese criminal code, which bans “dissemination of propaganda hostile to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.”

When Thuy was arrested, the authorities took a USB key from her that was said to contain “libelous” articles. Thuy's arrest is the latest incident in a crackdown against activists in Viet Nam in recent months after the country secured World Trade Organization membership and Permanent Normal Trade Relations status with the United States.

Thuy is a well-known journalist and novelist in Viet Nam, and in January received the Hellman-Hammett prize for “courage in the face of political repression” from Human Rights Watch

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