Friday, June 30, 2017

No freedom of speech in Vietnam

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh is a Vietnamese blogger who writes about human rights and the environment. And that, she's just been sentenced to a decade in prison:

A prominent Vietnamese blogger has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of distorting government policies and defaming the communist regime in Facebook posts and in interviews with foreign media, her lawyer said. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known as “Mother Mushroom”, was sentenced at the end of a one-day trial in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, her lawyer, Vo An Don, said.

The conviction related to the content of 18 articles on her Facebook page and interviews with foreign news outlets such as Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, Don said.

Quynh, 37, co-founded a network of bloggers and is very popular in Vietnam. She has written about human rights, civilian deaths in police custody, and the release of toxic chemicals by a Taiwanese-owned factory that killed thousands of fish in one of Vietnam’s worst environmental disasters.

If Vietnam's shitty regime believes it is being misrepresented, then it should simply publish what it believes to be the truth. The only reason they have to suppress freedom of speech in this way is if Quynh is right. And in that case, they deserve to be overthrown.