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A jailed blogger's mother died after setting fire to herself to protest her daughter's trial.
The five bloggers suffered cuts from broken glass after the assailants smashed the window of their vehicle.
According to information received by SEAPA, Huynh Thuc Vy was arrested after she and her husband were interrogated by police in connection with their participation in a protest.
The implementation of a proposed decree will greatly obstruct the right to freedom of expression by prohibiting online anonymity and placing the duty on service providers to enforce the decree regulations, ARTICLE 19 notes.
Ho Thi Bich Khuong was convicted in 2011 for giving allegedly critical interviews to the foreign media, and for documents that were considered to oppose the state.
The four were arrested for allegedly distributing pro-democracy leaflets and are accused of conducting propaganda against the state.
Nguyen Ngoc Nam and Han Phi Long, both reporters with the official Radio Voice of Vietnam, were severely kicked and beaten while covering the forced eviction of around 1,000 villagers from their farmlands.
Nguyen Van Hai, Phan Thanh Hai, and Ta Phong Tan were charged with anti-government propaganda concerning a total of 421 articles they had posted on their blogs that "denigrated the state".
Pham Minh Hoang, arrested in August 2010, was released on 13 January 2012.
Police arrested Bui Thi Minh Hang for conducting a silent protest and ordered her detained without trial.
Nguyen Van Khuong, who writes under the pen-name of Hoang Khuong, is to be held for four months while the authorities investigate his use of a bribe to expose traffic police corruption.
The appeal court judge said he had taken account of Pham Minh Hoang's "recognition" of "his errors," his request for clemency and his pledge to sever all ties with Viet Tan, an outlawed pro-democracy party.
Peaceful blogger Pham Minh Hoang was punished because he wrote about social and political issues in the country and was sentenced to three years in prison and three years on probation.
Members of the Falun Gong religious movement, Vu Duc Trung and Le Van Thanh had been broadcasting programmes from the radio station The Sound of Hope Networkover a distance of 800 km from their farm in the town of Thach Loi, east of Hanoi.
Nguyen Thu Tram and Nguyen Ngoc Quang were quoted in the newspaper's article titled "Vietnam cracks down on online critics ahead of Communist congress," published in January 2011, in which they revealed the severe measures taken by the government to maintain control over public opinion.
Tran Duc Thach and Nguyen Van Tinh were included in an amnesty celebrating Vietnamese National Day.
Lu Van Bay, a prominent pro-democracy activist, wrote and published articles online calling for the end of one-party rule and the introduction of a multiparty political system.
Defending people with grievances and peacefully criticising the government are activities that should be protected under the right of freedom of expression in international law, Human Rights Watch said.
Pham Minh Hoang has decided to appeal and asks the French authorities to pressure the Vietnamese government to review his sentence.
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Son's arrest is suspected to be linked to his coverage of the proceedings against Cu Huy Ha Vu, a well-known cyber-dissident.