Investigative journalist assaulted in Hanoi

By Ha An - Minh Chien, Thanh Nien News

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Do Doan Hoang, a senior reporter at Lao Dong newspaper, in a file photo Do Doan Hoang, a senior reporter at Lao Dong newspaper, in a file photo

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An award-winning investigative reporter in Hanoi said he was brutally attacked by three men on Wednesday morning. 
Do Doan Hoang, a senior reporter at Lao Dong newspaper, said he was assaulted when riding his motorbike on a street behind Kim Lu apartment building in Hanoi’s Hoang Mai District.
“A group of men signaled me to stop with sticks. I thought they were security guards of a nearby construction site. Suddenly, the three men used the sticks to beat me again and again,” Hoang, 40, wrote in a report to Hanoi police.
He said the group only left after seeing him lying motionless.
Hoang was then taken to hospital with injures all over his body. He is recovering.
Police are investigating the case and looking for the attackers.
Hoang said he has received many threatening text messages recently.
The reporter has won four national press awards. His latest work was a series of stories exposing transnational wildlife trafficking rings.

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