Vietnamese govt releases blogger Quynh
Written by: George Kalisa
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018, 8:09
Dissident blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh aka Mother Mushroom on October17 walked to freedom after spending over one year in jail, Vietnamese authorities confirmed today.
"Quynh was sent to the US earlier today," a Vietnamese government official confirmed to AFP, on condition of anonymity.
Quynh rose to fame as a critic of the Vietnam's one-party state through reporting on torture and death committed by the Vietnamese Police. She also, critically wrote on environment and politics exposing what the Vietnamese government saw as damaging.
In June 2017 Quynh was jailed triggering worldwide criticism heaped on the Vietnamese government. For her journalism work, the US First Lady Melania Trump awarded her while in jail an International Woman of Courage Award in 2017.
"The overly broad, ill-defined scope of this law makes it all too easy to quash any kind of dissenting views and to arbitrarily detain individuals who dare to criticize government policies," former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein added his voice in 2016.
"We urge Vietnamese authorities to stop harassing independent bloggers, who represent the only alternative voice to the country's otherwise state-controlled media, and allow all journalists to report without fear of reprisal such as trumped up anti-state charges," the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) also said.
She was allowed to travel to US immediately after her release.