US and EU call on Vietnam to release arrested blogger

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, was arrested Monday for what authorities say were her Facebook and blog posts that distorted truth and instigated the public to oppose the communist government.

By: AP | Hanoi | Published: October 12, 2016 10:55 am
Vietnamese prominent blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh, left, and his colleague Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy stand at the dock during their trial at the Higher People’s Court in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. The court heard appeals from the prominent blogger who was sentenced to five years in prison for anti-state writings. Nguyen Huu Vinh, better known as Anh Ba Sam, was convicted of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state and sentenced to five years in prison in March. (Doan Tan/Vietnam News Agency via AP) Vietnamese prominent blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh, left, and his colleague Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy stand at the dock during their trial at the Higher People’s Court in Hanoi, Vietnam. ( AP)

The United States and the European Union have called on the Vietnamese government to release a popular blogger arrested earlier this week for alleged anti-state writing.

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who blogs as Me Nam, was arrested Monday in the south central province of Khanh Hoa for what authorities say were her Facebook and blog posts that distorted truth and instigated the public to oppose the communist government.

U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius and the head of the European Union Delegation to Vietnam said in separate statements that the arrest goes against Vietnam’s international obligations and called for her release.

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