Le Anh Hung

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

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Occupation: Journalist

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Areas of Activism:

  • Anti-corruption
  • Economic reform
  • Freedom of expression

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Arrest History

July 5, 2018
Pending
  • Art. 331 (new)

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Vietnamese blogger and journalist Le Anh Hung was arrested on July 5 in Hanoi and charged with “abusing democratic freedoms” under Article 331 of the 2015 Criminal Code for posting a letter critical of the government and its proposed law on special economic zones. He faces up to seven years in prison. 

Photo Source: Vietnam Right Now

Hung has written for several international media outlets, including Voice of America, and is a member of the Independent Journalists' Association. 

Hung was detained in a mental health facility in 2013 after police came and took him away from his workplace. He has long been a critic of the Vietnamese government and subject to various forms of harassment. 

Truong Van Dung and Le Anh Hung were called in for police questioning for their ties to the Brotherhood for Democracy (founded by dissident lawyer Nguyen Van Dai) just days before the APEC Summit began in Da Nang, Vietnam, in November 2017. They did not heed the summons, saying that they had not committed any crimes and should have the right to freedom of association to participate in the group. 

July 2018:

Amnesty International condemned Hung's arrest, stating: "Viet Nam’s government cannot keep using baseless charges and the threat of prison as a means of gagging its critics." The Committee to Protect Journalists also called for Hung's release

Profile last updated: 2018-07-10 22:28:10