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Vietnam blogger jailed for six years for Facebook posts calling for peaceful protests

Source: The Guardian

Vietnam blogger jailed for six years for Facebook posts calling for peaceful protests

European Union criticises imprisonment of Nguyen Ngoc Anh, saying he has right to peaceful freedom of expression

Hannah Ellis-Petersen South-east Asia correspondent
Fri 7 Jun 2019 07.23 BST Last modified on Fri 7 Jun 2019 07.24 BST

An environmental activist has been jailed for six years in Vietnam for “anti-state” Facebook posts, as part of the country’s continuing crackdown on social media.

Nguyen Ngoc Anh, a shrimp farming engineer, was sentenced to six years in jail for “making, storing, disseminating or propagandising materials and products that aim to oppose the state of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam”, related to a series of Facebook posts from last year.

Nguyen was arrested in September for sharing and writing Facebook posts which allegedly urged people to take part in peaceful protests in June.

He had also voiced criticism about the controversial Formosa environmental disaster in 2016, which saw a Taiwanese steel company dump toxic waste into the ocean near the coast of Hŕ Tĩnh and three other provinces in central Vietnam, killing millions of fish.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/07/vietnam-blogger-jailed-for-six-years-for-facebook-posts-calling-for-peaceful-protests

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