The Straits Times
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Published on Aug 11, 2012
 

Vietnam jails 2nd dissident blogger in a week

 
 

HANOI (AFP) - A Vietnamese blogger who posted online calls for democracy has been jailed for five years, official media said on Saturday, the second web dissident imprisoned this week in an ongoing crackdown on activists.

Le Thanh Tung was convicted of "propaganda against the state" by a Hanoi court over Internet articles for the banned Vietnam Freedom and Democracy Movement, said the ruling Communist Party's mouthpiece, Nhan Dan newspaper.

The court, which found him guilty on Friday of distorting the policies of the state and the party, also handed down a subsequent sentence of four years' house arrest.

The 44-year-old had called for pluralism, multi-party democracy and constitutional amendments in the online posts, which were published between August 2009 and October 2011, the report said.