Vietnam Holds Journalism Day Amid Crackdown on Bloggers

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By: Marianne Brown and Pham Bac | Business Recorder

As Vietnam prepares to celebrate its journalists on Friday, many of the country’s most well-known political bloggers are living under constant fear of arrest. “It will be my turn, whether I post anything online or not,” said Nguyen Huu Vinh, who writes a popular political blog under his own name. “When they do not like us, anything can happen.”

He has good reason to worry: On Sunday, a third political blogger in under a month was arrested for “abusing democratic freedoms.” The arrests come in the run-up to Vietnam Journalism Day on Friday when journalists will receive bouquets of flowers and gifts as a token of thanks for the work they do.

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