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Vietnamese blogger reports sexual assault by officials

(CPJ/IFEX) - January 7, 2013 - The following is a CPJ Blog post:

By Shawn W. Crispin / CPJ Southeast Asia Representative

Vietnam's crackdown on independent bloggers hit a new low in recent days with reports of sexual violence perpetrated by state officials against a prominent online reporter.

In a disturbing first person account posted Friday to the Danlambao collective blog, Nguyen Hoang Vi detailed how police officials beat and stripped her and ordered state nurses to conduct a vaginal cavity search while she was in custody on December 28 in Ho Chi Minh City's Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward.

According to her defiant recollection of the assault, police officers said they suspected she had hidden "illegal exhibits" on her body and videotaped other officers as they violently removed her clothes. State nurses, after initially refusing, forcibly conducted the search.

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