Vietnam arrests blogger for ‘law-violating’ activities

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A file photo of blogger and writer Nguyen Quang Lap, who was arrested Saturday for his "law-violating" activities. A file photo of blogger and writer Nguyen Quang Lap, who was arrested Saturday for his "law-violating" activities.

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Vietnamese police have detained a blogger and writer who ran a popular blog, authorities said on Saturday.
Nguyen Quang Lap, 58, was taken into custody Saturday as police combed his house in District 2 in Ho Chi Minh City, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on the same day.
HCMC police are launching further probes into his “law-violating” activities to deal with them in accordance with the law, the statement said without elaborating.
An engineer by education, Lap has made literature his career since graduation. He was the scriptwriter of a number of Vietnamese movies that won both international and local prizes.
Lap, a native to the north-central province of Quang Binh, ran the popular Que Choa (Dad’s Homeland) blog.
It is not immediately clear how long he will be detained.
On November 29, the HCMC police said they had detained blogger Hong Le Tho, who ran the Nguoi Lot Gach (Brick Layer) blog, for posting "bad and distorted content" about the state, discrediting the state and undermining the public confidence in it.
 

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