Bui Hieu Vo
Current Status: Sentenced
Other Names: Bùi Hiếu Võ
Date of Birth: 1962
Areas of Activism:
- Art. 88
On May 9, blogger Bui Hieu Vo was sentenced to four and a half years in prison under Article 88 (“propaganda against the state”) for Facebook posts deemed to have “distorted the political situation” and “incited public disorder.”
Bui Hieu Vo was arrested on March 17, 2017, in Ho Chi Minh City. He is accused of "creating the Facebook account ‘Hieu Bui’ to publish much fabricated, distorted, and libelous information against the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, to incite activities aiming to disturb the public security, public order, and violence” – including “inciting the use of petrol-bomb and acid to attack the leaders of the Party, State, and the police forces.” In addition, the authorities accused Bùi Hiếu Võ of connecting with the “terrorist organization” Việt Tân in Australia to discuss and co-administer the Facebook account “Hieu Bui.”
At the time of his arrest, the Facebook account in question had been closed, so we cannot verify the accusation regarding the content of that page.
On May 9, 2018, Bui Hieu Vo was sentenced to four and a half years in prison under Article 88.
Vietnam detains two bloggers for anti-state propaganda, Reuters, March 22, 2017
Two bloggers detained for 'propagandizing against the state' in Vietnam, Committee to Protect Journalists, March 23, 2017
Man imprisoned in Vietnam for posting dissent on Facebook, The Associated Press, May 9, 2018
Profile last updated: 2018-05-21 01:43:25