Vietnam detains blogger after police custody deaths post

Vietnamese police have detained a prominent blogger for posting anti-state reports, including one about civilians dying in police custody, which they said undermined trust in the ruling Communist Party. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, 37, known as “Me Nam” (Mother Mushroom), was held on Monday in her home city of Nha Trang in the central province of Khanh Hoa for running “propaganda” against the state, the provincial police said on Tuesday in a statement posted on their website. Despite sweeping reforms in Vietnam’s economy and increasing openness toward social change, including gay, lesbian and transgender rights, the Communist Party retains tight media censorship and zero tolerance for criticism.

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