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Vietnam police arrest Truong Chau Huu Danh for abusing rights to free speech, press freedom

Vietnam police arrest Truong Chau Huu Danh for abusing rights to free speech, press freedom

Thursday, December 17, 2020, 17:28 GMT+7

Vietnamese police on Thursday apprehended Truong Chau Huu Danh, a famous Facebook user and former journalist, for abusing “the rights to free speech, press freedom” to “hurt state interests.”

Danh, 38, was arrested by police officers in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, Major General Nguyen Van Thuan, director of the Can Tho police department, confirmed on Thursday afternoon.

He is charged with “abusing the rights to free speech, press freedom … and other democratic freedoms to hurt state interests as well as the legal rights and interests of organizations and individuals,” Thuan said, citing the criminal code.   

Danh was born in 1982 and has a registered address in Vinh Ngai Commune, Tan An City, Long An Province, located in the Mekong Delta.

He worked for several newspapers before. He has been known as a prominent Facebook user in recent years.

Danh was escorted to his home in Long An for a search the same day.

Police officers guard the scene near Truong Chau Huu Danh's house in Long An Province, southern Vietnam, which was searched on December 17, 2020. Photo: An Long / Tuoi Tre

Police officers guard the scene near Truong Chau Huu Danh's house in Long An Province, southern Vietnam, which was searched on December 17, 2020. Photo: An Long / Tuoi Tre

Truong Chau Huu Danh's house in Long An Province, southern Vietnam, was searched on December 17, 2020. Photo: An Long / Tuoi Tre

Truong Chau Huu Danh's house in Long An Province, southern Vietnam, was searched on December 17, 2020. Photo: An Long / Tuoi Tre

Truong Chau Huu Danh's house in Long An Province, southern Vietnam, was searched on December 17, 2020. Photo: An Long / Tuoi Tre

Truong Chau Huu Danh's house in Long An Province, southern Vietnam, was searched on December 17, 2020. Photo: An Long / Tuoi Tre

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