Blogger arrested for allegedly slandering official

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested a blogger on charges of "slandering" the family of a high-raking official, VnExpress reported.

 

Le Nguyen Huong Tra, who blogged under the nickname Co gai do long, published an entry about the official's family based on an anonymous letter, the news source quoted an inspector as saying without reporting where Tra acquired the letter.

 

Tra, who was arrested Saturday, raised questions about whether or not beauty queens and artists were "protected" because they were his son's lovers, it said.

 

A former reporter at a newspaper in HCMC, Tra is a popular blogger among Vietnamese netizens.

 

In 2008 pop-singer Phuong Thanh sued Tra for publishing blog entries defaming her.

 

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