Famous Blogger Arrested for "Lowering the Prestige" of the State

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( VNRN) – One of the most famous and influential political bloggers in Vietnam, Nguyen Huu Vinh [Nguyễn Hữu Vinh], was arrested at his home in Hanoi on May 5, said the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security.

Vinh, 58, founded and edited the Basam.info blog (originally named Anh Ba Sàm, or Brother Gossiper). He has been accused of “publishing online articles with bad contents and misleading information to lower the prestige and create public distrust of government offices, social organizations and citizens” under Article 258 of the Vietnamese Penal Code.

The Investigative Public Security Office said Vinh’s home was searched and he was “urgently arrested”.

Also detained was Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy [Nguyễn Thị Minh Thúy], an employee in Vinh’s business. Thuy, 34, is the mother of a small child.  Read more here.