Vietnam man gets 3 years for spreading subversive propaganda

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The Ho Chi Minh City People's Court on Wednesday sentenced a man to three years in jail after he was convicted of "distributing anti-state propaganda."

Pham Nguyen Thanh Binh, 30, of HCMC will also be placed under house arrest for three years after serving his prison term.

According to the indictment, in 2012, Binh connected via the internet with Nguyen Xuan Chau, leader of the reactionary "Nguoi Viet vi dan toc Viet" (Vietnamese for Vietnam) organization based in Australia.

With Chau's encouragement, Binh wrote eight articles which contained "distorted information about the Party's policies, the State's laws and fabricated information about the private life of Party and State leaders," according to the indictment.

He sent the articles to Chau for him to post online.

On May 25, 2012, Binh was arrested at his home when he was emailing some articles to Chau, according to the indictment.

At the trial, Binh asked for clemency as he said he committed all his wrongdoing in a span of just 17 days.

The court said Binh's articles could cause disorder among the public as they showed opposition to the ruling administration, but only imposed the minimum penalty.

According to Vietnamese law, those convicted of "distributing anti-state propaganda" may face up to 12 years behind bars.

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