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Newspaper dismisses reporter over blog entry critical of Soviet Union

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders condemns reporter Huy Duc's dismissal from the governmental daily "Sai Gon Tiep Thi" on 25 August 2009 for posting criticism of the Cold War-era Soviet Union on his personal blog.

"The sole aim of this arbitrary and ideological dismissal was to extend the reach of the censorship already exercised over all the governmental press," Reporters Without Borders said. "We hope that news and information websites will continue to display their characteristic vitality and outspokenness and that their spirit of resistance will not be undermined."

One of the newspaper's editors, Tran Cong Khanh, said Huy Duc was fired because of what he had posted online. Huy Duc confirmed in his blog that he had been dismissed and, indicating that he encountered this kind of problem in the past, said he did not want to give up journalism.

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