ACCURATE.CO An aquaculture farmer has been sentenced to seven years in prison for spreading ‘anti-state propaganda’ on his Facebook account.
According to state media, the verdict was handed out during a one-day trial in Khanh Hoa Province on Monday (15/11).
“Nguyen Tri Gioan, 42, was convicted of creating, storing, distributing information, materials, goods for the purpose of opposing the state,” Vietnam’s official news agency said, quoted by Channel News Asia.
Until this news was made, there has been no direct response from Facebook. Likewise with Gioan’s lawyer, who did not immediately return an interview call from Reuters.
Vietnam’s economic reforms have swept and increased openness to social change in Vietnam. Despite the reshuffle, however, Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party still maintains strict media censorship and tolerates little criticism.
In his case, Gioan was accused of defaming the country, the party leadership, and the influential communist leader Ho Chi Minh through poetry and pictures he posted on Facebook.
“Nguyen Tri Gioan has posted poems and pictures on his Facebook account to distort, slander and defame the leader of the (Vietnamese Communist) party, state and leader Ho Chi Minh,” the Vietnamese state newspaper reported, citing the court indictment.
The report said Gioan pleaded guilty at trial. After his prison sentence is completed, he will be placed under house arrest for three years, reports Free Malaysia Today.