Vietnam arrests prominent journalist as state cracks down on free speech online


Pham Doan Trang was charged with opposing the state just after the country held talks with the US on human rights

Vietnamese authorities have arrested Pham Doan Trang – one of the nation’s most prominent independent journalists.

Trang was detained on Tuesday evening in Ho Chi Minh City, the same day Vietnam and the US held the 24th annual US-Vietnam human rights dialogue, which included talks on issues such as the right to freedom of expression.

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