Vietnamese blogger, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh was found guilty of « spreading propaganda » against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” this Thursday and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh also known by her blogging pseudonym, Me Nam (mother mushroom) was arrested in October 2016 while visiting a fellow friend activist. The 37 years old woman running a blog using the tagline « Who will speak if you don’t ? » was frequently doing critics about the government about issues such as Land confiscation, freedom, police brutality, environment. She caught the attention of authorities in 2009 for her outspoken views against China’s intervention in her country. She opened in 2010 a Facebook account named “Me Nam” (Mother Mushroom) renamed later “Me Nam Ga”, “Nguyen Nhu Quynh” and “Nguyen Ngof Nhu Quynh” and used her Facebook page to draft, post and share articles criticizing the Vietnamese government.
From 2013 to 2016, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh also gave interviews to the foreign press and was collecting in 2014 information about 31 people reportedly died after working with the police. More recently she has been a vocal critic of the Vietnamese human rights records and about a toxic leak that led to the killing of tons of fish last year.
During the trial, the prosecutors said her posts were one-sided, short-sighted, undermined people’s trust in the leadership of the Party and the government, and caused harm to national security as well as social order and safety. Representatives of the provincial People’s Procuracy and the judge also said that during the trial Quynh stated her innocence and maintained her anti-State attitude and showed no repentance.
The United States, the European Union, and Britain have called for his release.