Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the record 20-year prison sentence … and calls on the European Parliament to block any trade agreement with Vietnam.
The main reason for Hoa’s arrest in early 2017 was his coverage of the reactions to a toxic spill from a Taiwanese steel plant in Ha Tinh province that poisoned millions of fish and reduced thousands of fishermen to penury. Hoa covered the ensuing protests, sometimes using a camera mounted on a drone.
Blogger Mushroom”, a passionate activist for environment, social injustices, and human rights issues has been sentenced 10 years in prison. A State Department spokeswoman praised Quynh for “exposing corruption, raising awareness about environmental protection and reporting on human rights violations in Vietnam.”