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Vietnam jails music teacher for offensive FB post

HANOI: Vietnam sentenced a music teacher to 11 years in prison on Friday for Facebook posts that allegedly undermined the one-party state, which has been accused of tightening the noose on online dissent.
Communist Vietnam has long jailed its critics but has come under fire recently for targeting users on Facebook, a popular forum for activists in the country where all independent media is banned.
Nguyen Nang Tinh is the latest activist jailed for his Facebook comments, including posts about police brutality, land rights, and a Taiwanese steel firm that dumped toxic sludge into the ocean, killing masses of fish off the coast of Vietnam.
Authorities accused the college music teacher of posting “hostile thoughts” and “profound anti-government material” on social media.
The 42-year-old was sentenced to 11 years for “producing, disseminating or spreading information and documents aimed at undermining” Vietnam, his lawyer Nguyen Van Mieng told Agence France-Presse from central Nghe An province.
He got another five years probation.
The jail term was “too harsh”, Mieng told AFP, arguing that prosecutors did not have sufficient evidence.
Tinh’s father Nguyen Ngoc Dinh insisted his son was innocent, saying he “only raised his voice against injustice in society.”
Tinh’s conviction Friday came as another activist was held for eight hours at Hanoi’s airport as she arrived from Thailand.
Dinh Thao is a pro-democracy campaigner and vocal critic of Vietnam’s communist regime who lived abroad and worked for a Vietnamese civil society organization.
Her husband Phillip said she came back to help fellow activists in the country, but he lost touch soon after her arrival on Friday. AFP

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