Fb – Vietnam arrests well-liked Fb person for “anti-state” posts
HANOI (Reuters) – Police in Vietnam have arrested a widely known Fb person over allegations of abusing democratic freedom and publishing posts in opposition to the state, state media reported on Thursday.
Truong Chau Huu Danh, 38, a former journalist, will probably be detained for 3 months for posts that the police mentioned had been abuses of freedom of speech and infringements on state pursuits, the Ho Chi Minh Metropolis police newspaper reported.
“Danh owns a Facebook page with nearly 168,000 followers and has got several anti-state posts, causing division of national unity,” the report added.
Danh’s arrest comes because the Vietnam authorities steps p a crackdown on activists forward of a key social gathering congress in January subsequent yr. Regardless of sweeping financial reform and growing openness to social change, Vietnam’s ruling Communist Celebration tolerates little criticism.
Fb, which serves about 60 million customers in Vietnam as the principle platform for each e-commerce and expressions of political dissent, is underneath fixed authorities scrutiny.
In November, Reuters solely reported Vietnam had threatened to close down Fb within the nation if it didn’t bow to authorities stress to censor extra native political content material on its platform.
Vietnam has been broadly rebuked for its robust strikes to curb on-line dissent as public urge for food for the Web soars and Net customers flip to blogs to examine points that state-controlled media avoids.
Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Enhancing by Raju Gopalakrishnan