Vietnam detains two for anti-state propaganda

REUTERS/TUOI TRE NEWS

Updated : 03/23/2017 08:53 GMT + 7

Vietnam has detained two men for posting anti-state comments.

Bui Hieu Vo, 55, and Phan Kim Khanh, 24, were detained for investigation of “propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam”, the government said on its Facebook page on Wednesday.

The government said Vo posted “fabricated, distorted and defamed information” against the government and incited the use of petrol bombs and acid to attack leaders of the Communist Party, the state and the police..

Khanh managed two blogs, three Facebook pages and two YouTube channels to post “fabricated and distorted” information against Vietnam, the government statement said.

Vietnam last week also called on all companies doing business in the country to stop advertising on YouTube, Facebook and other social media until they had found a way to halt the publication of “toxic” anti-government information.

The government said both worked with the United States-based Viet Tan, or Vietnam Reform Party, which Hanoi has declared a terrorist group, and that any Vietnamese found to be involved with it would be regarded as co-conspirators and punished.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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