Tag: Censorship

Vietnam Sentenced Blogger to 5 Years in Jail Over Anti-Government Blog Posts

Nguyen Huu Vinh, a 60 year-old Vietnamese blogger, was sentenced by the People’s Court in Hanoi to five years in prison over publishing anti-state blog posts. The prominent blogger was given the sentence along with his assistant, 36 year-old Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, who will be serving three years behind bars. Both were convicted under Article 258 of the penal code for “abusing democratic freedoms…

Kazakhstan Sentenced Pro-Russian Blogger to 5 Years for Stirring “Separatism” on Social Media

Igor Sychev, a 26-year-old Kazakh blogger, was sentenced on November 18 by the Ridder City Court to 5 years imprisonment over raising the question of whether the eastern Kazakhstan region should secede and join Russia “the way Ukraine’s Crimea did” in an online poll. Sychev was accused of promoting “separatist sentiment”. The poll was published on the popular Russian social networking…

Vietnamese Blogger Jailed for Blogging About Police Corruption; Flees to the U.S. After Her Release

Ta Phong Tan, a 47-year-old blogger from Vietnam, was released this week after being locked behind bars for blogging about police and judiciary corruption in the Communist country. In 2012, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of spreading “anti-state propaganda”. Following her early release, she fled to the United States. Terry White, Public Affairs Officer of the US embassy in Hanoi, called on the Vietnamese…