The mother of imprisoned Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan took her own life by setting fire to herself outside an official building in Bac Lieu province in July 2012.
This act of despair was her final protest against the unfair treatment received by her daughter, who had denounced corruption and injustice in Vietnam in her blog. Tan’s mother had not been allowed to attend her trial. “She was really worried for her daughter,” an activist said. The jailed Tan was not told of her mothers’ death.
This is not an isolated case! Those who reveal the reality behind the official truth in Vietnam are regarded as criminals by the government and are treated with great cruelty.
In recent years, there have been several waves of arrests of those who try to provide independent news and information online. A total of 35 bloggers are currently in prison for the sole reason that they resisted a despotic regime’s propaganda.
Jail terms, physical attacks, harassment of relatives, closure of blogs, network filtering, cyber-attacks, malware and phishing – the Vietnamese government uses all of these methods against those who dare to speak out online.
Don’t let the enemies of the Internet take control of online content! Don’t let anyone say you have allowed censorship to triumph!
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