Incident Group: Four Facebookers fined in Thanh Hoa province on May 18, 2019

On May 18, 2019, the public security of Tinh Gia District, Thanh Hoa Province summoned and fined four local residents for using Facebook to criticise the Party provincial leadership. They dubbed the action as seditious libel against the Party, although it mainly challenged the effectiveness and transparency of local authorities. The Facebookers were fined 7.5 million Vietnam Dong each (approximately US $350.00) and forced to sign a “guarantee” not to repeat such actions.

Dang Nguyen Tung

Dang Nguyen Tung, fined due to his Facebook posts (Province: Thanh Hoa)

Le Khac Linh

Le Khac Linh, fined due to his Facebook posts (Province: Thanh Hoa)

Nguyen Thi Loan

Nguyen Thi Loan, fined due to her Facebook posts (Province: Thanh Hoa)

Le Quang Cuong

Le Quang Cuong, fined due to Facebook posts (Province: Thanh Hoa)