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Q&A: Ta Phong Tan's sister calls for release of ailing and jailed Vietnamese blogger

Ta Phong Tan, third from left, was a founding member of the Free Journalists Club of Vietnam
Ta Phong Tan, third from left, was a founding member of the Free Journalists Club of Vietnam

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Excerpt of a 20 July 2015 CPJ blog post by Bob Dietz, CPJ Asia Program Coordinator.

As an independent blogger, Ta Phong Tan often highlighted abuses in Vietnam's justice system. Now as a prisoner of conscience serving a 10-year sentence for "propagandizing against the state," an anti-state offense under Article 88 of Vietnam's criminal code, she is suffering under the same abusive system she once critiqued and exposed.

Earlier this year Tan staged a hunger strike for about three weeks to protest poor prison conditions. It was believed to be the third time she has fasted in protest since first being detained in September 2011. Tan is being held in solitary confinement in a stifling, windowless cell, according to her sister, Ta Minh Tu.

In email correspondence with CPJ, Tu spoke about her sister's dire situation and renewed her family's call for Tan's immediate and unconditional release.

Read the interview on CPJ's site.

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