Thursday, September 27, 2012

Vietnamese Bloggers Go to Jail

BBC News on Monday gave an update on the fate of the three bloggers in Vietnam who have been accused of spreading anti-government propaganda. [For additional information, kindly scroll down to read my earlier blog entry posted on September 17 titled "Blogging is Hazardous in Vietnam"].  The high-profile but brief trial took place in Ho Chi Minh City under heavy security and the trio were given jail sentences. Nguyen Van Hai, who uses the pen name Dieu Cay, received the longest sentence of 12 years. Former policewoman Ta Phong Tan was sent to jail for 10 years. And the third dissident writer, Phan Thanh Hai, was jailed for four years.

As George Washington once said: “If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter”.

Yesterday, League Cup title holders Liverpool beat West Brom 2-1 in a third round match. Actually, the Reds went behind early in the game when keeper Brad Jones dropped a free-kick and Gabriel Tamas drove in a shot (3). On-loan Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin levelled when his strike squirmed under goalie Ben Foster (17). The Reds then produced a well-worked move with winger Oussama Assaidi crossing for Sahin to tap in a winner (82).

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