Hanoi police investigate death threats against journalist

By Ha An, Thanh Nien News

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One of the illegal brick kilns that have been shut down after being exposed by Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, reporter at Phu Nu TP.HCM (HCMC Women) newspaper. Photo courtesy of the newspaper One of the illegal brick kilns that have been shut down after being exposed by Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, reporter at Phu Nu TP.HCM (HCMC Women) newspaper. Photo courtesy of the newspaper

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Hanoi police are investigating death threats made against a journalist who has recently exposed illegal businesses in the city. 
Nguyen Thi Thu Trang of Phu Nu TP.HCM (HCMC Women) newspaper, said she received a number of calls on Thursday (April 7) night from an unidentified man who asked her to "buy coffins" for herself and her family members immediately.
The man reportedly claimed that Trang had meddled in others' business and "will never be able to live in peace."
Last month, Trang wrote a series of stories exposing illegal brick kilns in Hanoi’s Soc Son District. These kilns were built illegally on agricultural land and evaded taxes under the protection of some officials, according to the stories.
After these stories were published, Hanoi’s government stepped in, shutting down the illegal kilns and suspending or sacking several officials.
At the end of last month, Do Doan Hoang, an investigative reporter at Lao Dong newspaper said he was assaulted by three men when riding his motorbike on a street in Hanoi’s Hoang Mai District, following many threatening text messages.
Hoang was then taken to hospital with injures all over his body. He has recovered.
Police are still investigating the case and looking for the attackers.
Hoang’s latest work was a series of stories exposing transnational wildlife trafficking rings.

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