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Vietnamese police nab man on suspicion of abusing democratic freedoms

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 10:50 GMT+7

Police in Vietnam have arrested a man for publishing content on the Internet, including YouTube, that distorted state policies and libeled government officials.

Officers in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa said on Sunday that they had captured Nguyen Thanh Dung, 29, on charges of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the state and the legitimate rights and interests of organizations and citizens.

Dung will be in detention for three months to facilitate an investigation into his accusations.

The man has his permanent residency registered in Tao Xuyen Ward, Thanh Hoa City, which is the provincial capital.

Many articles and videos distorting Party and government policies and slandering Party and government leaders, as well as provincial officials, have gone viral on social media and personal blogs recently, police said in their preliminary probe.

Thanh Hoa police officers then caught Dung red-handed disseminating such content online on Friday, after quite a time tracking him.

Dung was found graduating from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology and working now at Nghi Son Economic Zone in Tinh Gia District, Thanh Hoa.

He is also the administrator of the ‘ThienAn TV’ YouTube channel, where many videos were uploaded to libel Party and government leaders, police said.

Dung has admitted to creating and administering various online accounts to run such content.

Thanh Hoa police are expanding their probe.

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