Police in the Mekong Delta province of Long An arrested a blogger Saturday for allegedly posting misinformation about the Vietnamese government.
Dinh Nhat Uy, 30, director of the AT Limited Company, which specializes in photocopying and computer repair in Long An’s Thu Thua District, will be detained for three months on charges of “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the State [and] the legitimate rights and interests of organizations and/or citizens,” under Article 258 of the Criminal Code.
Police said Uy was arrested at his house after they searched it and seized some documents.
They said Uy posted entries on his private blog with false information with the potential to tarnish the country’s prestige and diminish the legitimate rights and interests of citizens and organizations.
Uy is the third blogger to be arrested within a month for “abusing democratic freedom,” a charge which is punishable by a maximum prison term of seven years.
On June 13, Pham Viet Dao, 61, was taken into custody on the same charge.
On May 26, Truong Duy Nhat, a retired journalist widely known for his “A different viewpoint” blog, was also arrested.
Uy is the brother of Dinh Nguyen Kha, 25, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Long An court on May 16 for “distributing anti-State propaganda” and “deliberately causing injuries” in two different cases.
Last October Kha, an IT technician, was arrested along with Nguyen Phuong Uyen, 21, a student at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Food Industry.
Kha and Uyen were found guilty of spreading subversive propaganda per instructions given by Nguyen Thien Thanh, who has migrated abroad and remains at large.
Uyen was sentenced to six years on the charge of “distributing anti-State propaganda” at her trial last month.