Vietnam blogger ‘Mother Mushroom’ jailed for 10 years

Peace and Freedom

AFP

June 29, 2017

Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (L), also known as "Mother Mushroom", stands trial at a courthouse in the central city of Nha Trang on June 29

Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (L), also known as “Mother Mushroom”, stands trial at a courthouse in the central city of Nha Trang on June 29 (AFP Photo/STR)

A prominent Vietnamese blogger known as ‘Mother Mushroom’ was jailed for 10 years on Thursday, her lawyer said, during a brief trial rights groups decried as “outrageous”.

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, whose pen name derives from her daughter’s nickname “mushroom”, was arrested in October 2016 and later charged with anti-state propaganda over critical Facebook posts about politics and the environment.

Vietnam’s one-party state keeps a tight clamp on dissent and routinely jails activists, bloggers and lawyers who speak out against the communist regime.

The 37-year-old blogger faced a maximum of 12 years in prison, and her lawyer said the heavy sentence she received at the closed-door trial was “harsh”.

“I am not happy with the result of…

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