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Vietnam Arrests Prominent Journalist for Facebook Posts

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The authorities in Vietnam have arrested a prominent journalist, accusing him of ‘abusing democratic freedoms’ by posting articles on Facebook that ‘infringed on the interests of the state and the legitimate rights and interests of organizations and individuals.’ The journalist was taken into custody last week, but there was no official confirmation until Friday night when state news media reported the investigation. The arrest raises concerns about press freedom in Vietnam, as journalists have frequently been targeted by the ruling Communist Party. The journalist’s case is part of a broader crackdown on civil society. Several human rights organizations have called for his release.