Vietnamese journalist Ngo Van Dung gets five years in prison

first_img RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Help by sharing this information After nearly two years in pre-trial detention, Ngo Van Dung was finally tried and sentenced by a court in Ho Chi Minh City on 31 July to five years in prison followed by two years on probation on a charge of “disturbing security” under article 118 of Vietnam’s 2015 penal code. He has been held ever since his arrest on 4 September 2018. He and the seven other people tried and convicted with him were accused of plotting to disrupt security by promoting protests. In reality, they were just members of the Hien Phap (Constitution) Group, a network of journalists and activists calling for implementation of article 25 of Vietnam’s constitution, which proclaims press freedom. Follow the news on Vietnam In view of the flimsiness of the prosecution case against him, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Ngo Van Dung, a journalist and member of a Vietnamese press freedom collective who has just been given a long jail term for alledgedly planning protests. News Before his arrest in September 2018, Dung was above all known for covering protests and unrest. He was arrested for the first time in March 2018 in Dak Lak province, where he is from, after covering a demonstration by schoolteachers who had been unfairly dismissed. “Ngo Van Dung’s only crime was to draw attention to the current Communist Party leadership’s contempt for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s constitution,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “This five-year jail sentence on the basis of completely spurious allegations has again demonstrated the shoddiness of Vietnamese justice. Dung has no place behind bars and must be released.” April 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms InternetJudicial harassment August 3, 2020 Vietnamese journalist Ngo Van Dung gets five years in prisoncenter_img News VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms InternetJudicial harassment to go further Organisation Receive email alerts Vietnam has been near the bottom of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index for years and is currently ranked 175th out of 180 countries. News Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam A court in Ho Chi Minh City convicted Ngo Van Dung (left) on 31 July. The trial was theoretically open to the public but members of his family (right) who wanted to attend were not allowed into the courtroom (photos: Facebook – Nguyen Kim Thanh). April 22, 2021 Find out more News April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more