HANOI (Reuters) – A courtroom in Vietnam on Monday sentenced an aquaculture farmer to seven years in jail after discovering him responsible of spreading “anti-state propaganda” on Fb , state media reported.
Nguyen Tri Gioan, 42, was convicted of “making, storing, spreading info, supplies, gadgets for the aim of opposing the state” at a one-day trial within the central province of Khanh Hoa, the official Vietnam Information Company stated.
Regardless of sweeping financial reform and growing openness to social change, Vietnam’s ruling Communist Occasion retains tight media censorship and tolerates little criticism.
Gioan was accused of posting poems and pictures on his Fb accounts to “distort, slander and defame the management of the (Vietnam Communist) social gathering, the state and chief Ho Chi Minh,” the report cited the indictment as saying.
Reuters couldn’t instantly attain his lawyer for remark. There was no rapid response from Fb.
The report stated Gioan pleaded responsible on the trial. As soon as the jail time period is over, he shall be positioned underneath home arrest for 3 years, it stated.
(Enhancing by Sanjeev Miglani)