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In Vietnam, arrests dash hopes that crackdown on bloggers will end

rotesters hold placards with images of activists (L-R) Dinh Dang Dinh, Le Quoc Quan, naval officer Nguy Van Tha and blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh, as they gather in front of the Chinese embassy in Hanoi, 9 May 2014
rotesters hold placards with images of activists (L-R) Dinh Dang Dinh, Le Quoc Quan, naval officer Nguy Van Tha and blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh, as they gather in front of the Chinese embassy in Hanoi, 9 May 2014

REUTERS/ Nguyen Huu Vinh

Excerpt of a 9 January 2015 CPJ Blog post by Shawn W. Crispin, CPJ Senior Southeast Asia Representative.

What one hand gives, the other takes in Vietnam. Last October's early release of jailed blogger Nguyen Van Hai, more commonly known as Dieu Cay, has proven to be an anomaly as authorities have subsequently ramped up their repression of other independent bloggers.

The latest victim of the crackdown is Nguyen Dinh Ngoc, a prominent blogger who was arrested after police searched his home in southern Ho Chi Minh City on December 27, according to news reports. An announcement on the city's official police website said authorities would launch an inquiry into Ngoc's "law-violating" activities without overtly mentioning his blogging.

Read the full blog post on CPJ's site.

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