Police in Hanoi on Thursday arrested a woman accused of publishing dozens of posts on Facebook which they say have defamed many local celebrities over the last few months.
They said that Tran Thi Huong Giang was the key member of a group of several individuals who anonymously posted many libellous notes on their Facebook accounts.
Giang, 37, was arrested at her house at around 10 a.m. for “abusing democratic freedoms."
Police said that Giang had managed two Facebook accounts followed by thousands of regular readers.
Some of the most popular posts accused Vietnamese top models of working for a luxury prostitution ring. The group also wrote about alleged love affairs between pop stars and rich married men.
Police said they are expanding the investigation into the case.
Hours after Giang's arrest, a surprise statement was released on the group's Facebook accounts, saying that the anonymous exposers would continue to unmask "ugly sides of the showbiz world.”
The statement claims that the real mastermind of the group is in New York.
It also says that what has been written by the group is not defamatory because there are documents to prove it.