Vietnam jails prominent activist

June 29, 2017 09:42 pm | Updated 09:42 pm IST - HANOI

A Vietnamese court jailed a prominent blogger for 10 years on Thursday for publishing propaganda against the state, her lawyer said, the latest crackdown on critics of the Communist Party.

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 37, known as “Me Nam” (Mother Mushroom), was found guilty at a full-day trial by a court in central province of Khanh Hoa, six months after she was arrested for posting anti-state reports, including one about civilians dying in police custody.

Despite sweeping reforms in Vietnam’s economy and increasing openness towards social change, including LGBT rights, the Communist Party retains tight media censorship and zero tolerance for criticism.

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