The polity that is Vietnam

Three Vietnamese bloggers have been found guilty of spreading anti-government propaganda and given jail sentences ranging from four to 12 years.

The cases against the two men and one woman are some of the most high-profile being prosecuted by the country’s Communist rulers.

One of the defendants’ lawyers, Ha Huy Son, says the three were found guilty of writing online articles “opposing the government” by a court in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.

Mr Ha says Nguyen Van Hai was sentenced to 12 years, Ta Phong Tan received 10 and Phan Thanh Hai four years.

Here is the FT article.  For all the talk about Asian economic miracles, keep in mind that Bolivia still has higher per capita income than does Vietnam.


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