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Dinh Nhat Uy

Dinh Nhat Uy

HANOI, AFP — A Vietnamese blogger has been arrested for anti-state activity, reports said Sunday, the third online government critic detained in less than a month in an intensifying crackdown on dissent.

Dinh Nhat Uy, 30, was taken into custody Saturday and will be held for three months while he is investigated on suspicion of “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the State”, the official Vietnam News Agency (VNA) said.

The charge — routinely laid against dissidents in authoritarian Vietnam where the ruling Communist Party forbids all political debate — carries a maximum seven year jail term.

Uy is the brother of computer technician Dinh Nguyen Kha, 25, who was jailed for eight years at a trial in May together with university student Nguyen Phuong Uyen on charges of spreading anti-state propaganda, the VNA report said Sunday.

Investigators have accused Uy of “posting pictures and articles on his personal blog, distorting the truth and badly influencing the prestige of state organisations”, the report added. Read More