VIETNAM JAILS SECOND BLOGGER IN A FORTNIGHT

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HANOI: Vietnam jailed a prominent blogger for 15 months on Wednesday on a charge of anti-state activity, the second such sentencing in a fortnight in a nation where perceived dissent is severely punished. Pham Viet Dao, 61, a Communist Party member and a former official at the Ministry of Culture, was charged with “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the State” after a half-day trial in Hanoi. In addition to his own writing, Dao’s popular blog included dozens of links to other commentaries on politics and society. His blog attracted thousands of hits between February 2012 and May 2013.

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