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Viet Nam: Release bloggers, stop silencing dissent

Headline Title:  Viet Nam: Release bloggers, stop silencing dissent 21 December 2012 Three Vietnamese bloggers given harsh prison sentences for alleged anti-state propaganda must be freed immediately, Amnesty International said ahead of their appeal hearing on 28 December 2012. The bloggers were sentenced on 24 September 2012 after a trial lasting only a few hours. Nguyen Van Hai, known as Dieu Cay (“the peasant’s pipe”) was sentenced to 12 years in prison; former policewoman Ta Phong Tan to 10 years; and Phan Thanh Hai, known as AnhBaSaiGon, to four years. Their appeal hearing will…

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