BBC: Censorship and suicide

I mentioned that there had been a firewall against bloggers and political bloggers who write against the government had been arrested. I read nothing about this in Vietnam but Human Rights Watch urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pressure the government to allow internet freedom. The BBC published an article the other day, however, about one blogger’s mother, who committed suicide by burning herself in front of government offices. She was protesting her daughter’s arrest. There was no mention in it in the Vietnam News, the English-language paper. Well, the rest of the world knows about it now.

My heart goes out to Dang Thi Kim Lieng’s family as they mourn her death and to her imprisoned daughter, Ta Phong Tan.


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