Vietnam bloggers Nguyen Huu Vinh and Minh Thuy jailed
March 23, Hanoi: Hanoi court has sentenced a well-known Vietnamese blogger to five years in jail after finding him guilty of publishing anti-state articles.
Nguyen Huu Vinh, a former policeman, had connections to the ruling Communist Party elite. His assistant received three years. Both denied the charges, media reports said.
The "Ba Sam" blogs they were accused of posting attracted several million page views. They were detained in 2014.
Earlier, police outside the court broke up protests seeking their release.
The one-party state is often criticised by rights groups for its intolerance of dissent and Vietnam's mainstream media are state-run and heavily regulated.
However, the internet has emerged as a forum for criticising the authorities, BBC reported.
The Oslo Times