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Vietnam Moves to Counter 'Cyber-dissidents' on the Web

One of Vietnam’s best-known dissidents was arrested last week for trying to post documents on the Internet, in a sign of the regime’s growing fear of losing control of the Web. Pro-democracy activist Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, a thorn in Hanoi’s side for the past three decades who was released from nearly 20 years’ jail in 1998, was arrested at his home in southern Ho Chi Minh City on March 17. On Thursday, the foreign affairs ministry confirmed that the veteran campaigner would be prosecuted. “Que was caught at an Internet cafe handing over documents criticising the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to a US-based organisation called ‘High Tide humanist movement’,” the official Vietnam News (VNA) agency reported. “He has been prosecuted by the Municipal police department investigation office and his case will be brought to court,” VNA said, adding that police had discovered incriminating documents at the home of the “agitator.” Full Story

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