Three police officers in the north-central province of Ha Tinh have been temporarily suspended for allegedly insulting reporters and preventing them from approaching a site to report a land revocation case, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.
Police in Ky Anh District said Tuesday that the three officers had been suspended for a week pending investigations into the accusations by the reporters.
However, they refused to reveal the identities of the officers.
On October 25, a group of reporters from Nong Nghiep Viet Nam (Vietnam Agriculture) and Tien Phong (Pioneer) newspapers and VietNamNet and Tam Nhin news sites arrived at a rural village in Ky Lien Commune, Ky Anh District, after they received a complaint from Le Thi Phuong, a local resident.
Phuong wrote in her complaint that her family’s land had been revoked by local authorities while the two sides had not reached an agreement on the price of compensation for their land.
According to the reporters, three police officers jumped out of a car and stopped them from entering the land plot.
The officer reeked of alcohol and started yelling at and insulting the reporters with “unacceptable words,” according to reporter Anh Binh of Nong Nghiep Viet Nam.
Colonel Dang Hoai Son, the district police chief, admitted that the officers had insulted the reporters, saying their acts violated regulations on the conduct of the police.