Vietnamese Imprisoned Blogger Listed as One of Ten Most UrgentJournalists under Attack for Pursuing Truth

Activist Tran Thi Nga

Defend the Defenders, April 3, 2019

One Free Press Coalition (#OneFreePress) which uses the collective audiences of member organizations to stand up for journalists under attack for pursuing the truth worldwide, has named Vietnamese imprisoned blogger Tran Thi Nga in its second monthly listof “10 Most Urgent” with aim to call for attention to the most pressing cases of journalists under attack for pursuing the truth.

According to its information, One Free Press Coalition introduced Ms. Nga as a brave citizen journalist who produced a number of videos critical of authorities on topics like toxic environmental spills and government corruption. Due to her activism, she was arrested and convicted of “conducting anti-state propaganda” and sentenced to nine years in prison in a one-day trial in 2017.

Currently, Nga, the mother of two kids, is serving her jail sentence in Dak Trung Prison camp in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, about 1,200 km from her family in the capital city of Hanoi.

Other brave journalists in the list were Miroslava Breach Velducea from Mexico, Maria Ressa and Rappler from the Philippines, Azimjon Askarov from Kyrgyzstan, Rana Ayyub from India, Miguel Mora and Lucía Pineda Ubau from Nicaragua, Anna Nimiriano from South Sudan, Claudia Duque from Colombia and Osman Mirghani from Sudan.

With journalist freedoms under assault worldwide, the One Free Press Coalition was conceived during a meeting of the International Media Council at the World Economic Forum. Top editors from leading media organizations committed to use their collective muscle—by working together, they could shine a massive light on the plight of threatened journalists all over the world.

The coalition consists of 17 international media outlets named The Associated Press

Boston Globe, CNN Money Switzerland, Corriere Della Sera, De Standaard, Deutsche Welle, EURACTIV, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, HuffPost, Le Temps, Republik, Reuters, Süddeutsche Zeitung, TIME and Yahoo New.

Ms. Nga is among 251 Vietnamese prisoners of conscience by NOW! Campaign, a coalition of 15 international and Vietnamese civil society organizations such as CRD, Front Line Defenders, Defend the Defenders, BPSOS and the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN) which works for release of all prisoners of conscience in the Southeast Asian nation.