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Vietnam: Blogger Pham Minh Hoang Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

Categories: France, Vietnam, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Freedom of Speech, International Relations, Law

On August 10, 2011, Pham Minh Hoang, a math teacher and political blogger, has been sentenced to 3 years in prison and an additional 3 years of house arrest; he was charged with “attempt to overthrow the [vietnamese] goverment”  reports Reporters Without Borders [1] [fr].  Hoang, who  has been in pre-trial detention for a year, holds a dual French and Vietnamese citizenship. The French Foreign office  published a communiqué [2] [fr] askingVietnamese authorities to “reconsider this decision so that Mr Hoang can be released as soon as possible”.