Journalist detained, handcuffed by police in Ca Mau

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A Vietnam News Agency journalist said he was handcuffed and detained by police in the southern province of Ca Mau on Tuesday (January 4) after he took photographs of police checking a local house.

Le Huy Hai said at around 11 p.m. he saw police of the Luong The Tran Commune checking a rented house and stopped to take photo of the act.

A police officer asked him to show his press card. He did so, but was ordered to go to the commune police office to file a report, Hai said.

At the office, Hai found the report that he was asked to sign on was not relevant to the case.

He refused to sign the document and decided to leave the office, he said.

Hai was then arrested and handcuffed by at least three policemen, he said.

He was released from the handcuffs around 30 minutes later but was detained at the office until 3 a.m the next day.

The case has been reported to provincial police but no announcement has been made yet.

Meanwhile, Luong The Tran Commune police insisted that Hai had resisted police officers and even assaulted them, Lao Dong Newspaper reported on Friday.

The newspaper cited Nguyen Thanh Dung, deputy chairman of the provincial journalists asssociation, as saying that if Hai was wrong in this case, he will need to be punished properly.

But Dung said it was unacceptable for the police to handcuff Hai. 

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