Aged 65, he is facing a possible three-year jail sentence under article 258 of the criminal code for “abusing democratic freedoms to attack state interests and the legitimate rights and interests of organizations and/or citizens.”
“The authorities has been waging an all-out campaign of repression for several years,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “We urge them to stop gagging dissidents and to repeal criminal code article 258, which should not be used against any defender of freedom of information.”
Bloggers such as Nguyen Huu Vinh (also known as Anh Ba Sam), Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy and Dinh Nhat Uy continue to be leading targets of a regime that does not hesitate to use article 258 as grounds for arresting and jailing dissidents.
Reporters Without Borders is also combatting the growing crackdown on Vietnamese bloggers and has posted a petition online demanding the release of all the detained bloggers.
Vietnam is ranked 174th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.