Vietnam jails three activists over 'anti-state' videos

Vietnam jails three activists over 'anti-state' videosThree Vietnamese activists were sentenced to between six and eight years in jail Wednesday for “anti-state propaganda” after posting online videos criticising the communist regime, which is accused of tightening its grip on dissidents. The one-party state has long locked up lawyers, activists and bloggers it deems critical, but rights groups say a conservative leadership in place since 2016 has hardened a crackdown on dissent that shows no signs of letting up. Vu Quang Thuan and Nguyen Van Dien were convicted Wednesday for posting 17 videos online that were critical of the government, their lawyer Le Luan told AFP.

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