Vietnamese TV reporter stabbed after exposing illegal mining

By Le Nam - Thai Son, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Ngoc Quang, deputy chief of the news desk at Thai Nguyen Television and Radio Broadcaster, is now under treatment at a local hospital. Photo: CTV
A television reporter in the northern province of Thai Nguyen was stabbed by two men on Friday while he was on the way to work.
At around 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Nguyen Ngoc Quang, 44, deputy chief of the news desk at Thai Nguyen Television and Radio Broadcaster, along with his wife, was driving a car from his house in Dong Hy District to the office in Thai Nguyen Town.
When Quang reached Gia Bay Bridge, two young men on a motorbike blocked his car and used a hammer to break its front door.
Quang was stabbed in the shoulders, back and arms. Photo: CTV
As Quang and his wife, Pham Kieu Nhi, ran away, these men chased them and attacked Quang with knives, leaving him eight wounds in his shoulders, back, and arms.
They only fled after Quang and his wife entered into a nearby house.
Quang is now under treatment at Thai Nguyen General Hospital, where doctors said the knife wounds were not life-threatening.
Police are investigating into the case.
Phan Huu Minh, director of Thai Nguyen Television and Radio Broadcaster, said the stabbing was likely linked to a series of Quang’s stories exposing illegal minerals mining operations in Vo Nhai District, which were broadcast on Vietnam Television's VTV 24 late last month.
“Many of our reporters have been threatened via phone messages after exposing illegal issues such as deforestation and smuggling. But what happened to Mr. Quang has been most serious so far,” Minh told Thanh Nien.
Earlier, on August 30, the gate of Quang’s house in Dong Hy District’s Hoa Thuong Commune was burnt. The culprit is yet to be identified.

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