Police from the Ministry of Public Security have arrested the owner and chief writer of the blog “Một góc nhìn khác” (“Another viewpoint”), for his illegal actions.
The site’s owner, Truong Duy Nhat, 49, was arrested yesterday, May 26, on charges of “abusing rights to freedom and democracy to infringe upon State interests and the legitimate interests of organizations and/or citizens,” under Article 258 of the Penal Code, police said. The arrest was made at about 9 am at his home in Hoa Cuong Bac Ward, Hai Chau District, in the central city of Da Nang. Police also searched his home for hours. At 3:30 pm, police escorted Nhat to the Da Nang Airport to board a flight to Hanoi for investigation. The arrest and house search were carried out in accordance with applicable laws, and investigators are continuing to look into Nhat’s actions and handle them according to law, the ministry said. After graduating from the Philology Department of Hue University, Nhat worked as a journalist for Cong an Quang Nam Da Nang (Quang Nam Da Nang Police) newspaper for years before joining the Dai Doan Ket (Great Solidarity) newspaper in Da Nang. In mid-2010, Nhat left Dai Doan Ket and opened his own blog, Mot goc nhin khac. The blog has not been accessible after Nhat’s arrest.
Article 258 of the Penal Code
The article stipulates as follows:
1. Those who abuse the rights to freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of belief, religion, assembly, association and other democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the State, the legitimate rights and interests of organizations and/or citizens, shall be subject to warnings, non-custodial reform for up to three years, or a prison term of between six months and three years.
2. Committing the offense in serious circumstances, the offenders shall be sentenced to between two and seven years of imprisonment.