Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Vietnamese journalists arrested

Two journalists who reported on bribery, corruption and gambling among Vietnamese government officials have been arrested, Reuters reported Tuesday.

The arrested men were among the most prolific in reporting on a scandal which saw millions of dollars of official development money squandered on European soccer bets. The story rocked the ruling Communist Party in 2006, resulting in the resignation of the country’s transport minister.

According to the article, the journalists from Tuoi Tre (Youth) and Thanh Nien (Young People) were indicted on Monday for “abuse of power” by spreading “false information.”

A senior police officer, who was an apparent source for the reporters, was also indicted on Monday for “abuse of power,” an online newspaper quoted a police ministry spokesman as saying.

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