Threats to Journalists: Vietnam

  • In 2009, three pro-democracy activists and human rights lawyers were threatened for being interviewed by RFA.  During the interrogation of Nguyen Ngoc Quang, one of the activists, security officers questioned him about RFA broadcaster Tra Mi and the means by which she obtained recordings of earlier police interrogations of Quang.
  • In addition, Local Vietnamese security officers have also threatened younger citizens who have participated in RFA’s Youth Forum.  In some cases, security officers went to participants’ schools, demanding principals reprimand students for their participation in the forum.
  • In January 2007, reporter Kim Peou Sotan did several reports on the plight of ethnic Cambodians living in Vietnam. She received a threatening call from a Vietnamese speaker telling her to stop reporting on this sensitive issue or face consequences.
  • When broadcasters Gwen Ha and Thao Dao traveled to Vietnam in 2006 and 2007 respectively, they were called into the immigration police office and interrogated about their presence in Vietnam. A police captain named Vu told them that he knew everything about them and what they had broadcast to Vietnam while they were in Washington. He questioned them about other RFA staff members and reminded them that they were on tourist visas and not supposed to do any reporting while there. He said that they needed to let him know where they were going and whom they were talking to.
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