Vietnamese government detains blogger following post listing deaths under police custody
- Blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (“Me Nam,” or “Mother Mushroom”) was arrested on charges of propagandizing against the state, which carries a sentence of up to 12 years in prison.
- Quynh’s posts included a report on more than 30 civilians who had died in police custody, which roiled a government largely intolerant of criticism.
- She had previously been arrested in 2009 for receiving funding from Viet Tan, an activist group based in California.
“Vietnam Arrests Mother Mushroom, a Top Blogger, for Criticizing Government” (The New York Times)
“Vietnam detains blogger after police custody deaths post” (Reuters)
“Dissident blogger faces prison in Vietnam” (Deutsche Welle)
(Image Credit: Jonas Gratzer/Civil Rights Defenders, via The New York Times)