Investigators from the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security arrested a blogger on Sunday on charges of "abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the State, the legitimate rights and interests of organizations and/or citizens."
Forty-nine year old Truong Duy Nhat , a retired journalist, is known for his blog Mot goc nhin khac, translated as "Another point of view." The blog has not been accessible since his detainment.
Nhat used to be a journalist with the Cong an Quang Nam Da Nang (Quang Nam Da Nang Police) newspaper and then with the Dai Doan Ket (Great Solidarity) newspaper.
He was arrested at his home in Da Nang, the investigators said.
He attracted widespread attention in the Vietnamese blogosphere when he declared in early 2011 he was retiring from journalism and turning to blogging.
His entries, offering an alternative perspective as mentioned in the title, often attracted heated debate.
Investigators said Nhat is likely to face charges under Article 258 of the Penal Code, which says: "Those who abuse the rights to freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of belief, religion, assembly, association and other democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the State, the legitimate rights and interests of organizations and/or citizens, shall be subject to warning, non-custodial reform for up to three years or a prison term of between six months and three years."
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