The 10-year sentence imposed by Vietnam on a blogger questioning the government's response to a toxic chemical incident and some other government action shows an increasing government impatience for online condemnation of corruption and inefficiency.
The Vietnamese Supreme Court on Thursday (30 / 11) supports punishment for blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who writes under the name "Mother of the Fungus." Quynh has written 18 Facebook posts that are propaganda against the state, the court said in a one-day judicial in June.
it is intended as intimidation against other bloggers, "said Trung Nguyen, dean of international relations at Ho Chi Minh University.
" I think the government wants to scare other bloggers. If they continue to write blogs that criticize the government, they have to bear the very tough consequences, "he added.
The fewest arrest arrests since 2016 show the government's sensitivity to people's perceptions of corruption and government inefficiency, experts say. 19659002] However, some people say Internet criticism may one day encourage officials to run a cleaner government. [gp]