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Le Van Dung

Current Status: At risk

Photo of Le Van Dung

Other Names: Lê Văn Dũng, Le Dung Vova

Date of Birth: October 10, 1970

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Kinh

Areas of Activism:

  • Democracy
  • Environment
  • Human rights
  • Sovereignty

Known Affiliations:

May 2021:

A national manhunt is under way for journalist Le Van Dung, aka, Le Dung Vova. The police issued a “special warrant” for his arrest after they failed to detain him at his house because he wasn’t home at the time. The police seized a laptop and mobile devices that belong to his wife, Bui Thi Hue. The “special arrest” warrant is typically used only for dangerous criminals; this could signal a more serious crackdown on independent journalism. The warrant even allows ordinary citizens to apprehend Dung and take him to the police if they find him. Dung is being sought for “anti-state propaganda” under Article 117.

Details - Background, History of Activism, Contact Information.

Le Van Dung is a engineer.

Profile photo source: Facebook Le Dung Vova

Dung is currently a manager of Chan Hung Nuoc Viet TV, or CHTV Vietnam for short, which usually reports news and debates on national issues. Their CHTV fan page has attracted more then 27.000 followers.  On his Facebook Le Dung Vova, which has more than one hundred followers, Dung often shares his views on social issues.

October 2019:

An Ninh ("Security") TV (antv.gov.vn), a state-owned channel dedicated to security-related news, was airing a series of programs to defame well-known political activists. On October 27, 2019, An Ninh TV aired a program in which it identified several activists as “subversives,” among them: Le Trung Khoa, Le Dung Vova, Nguyen Thuy Hanh, Pham Doan Trang, and Dung Truong. The program also provided ways to recognize those activists on social media. On October 31, 2019, Le Dung Vova and his CHTV channel were publicly-accused of igniting some people to question the government.

February 27, 2019: Le Dung Vova detained for live-streaming about the North Korea and U.S. summit

Detention
February 27-28, 2019
Public security
Police station of Trang Tien ward, Ha Noi (map)

  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of peaceful assembly

On February 27, 2019, Le Dung Vova, Tran Thi My Linh (Cat Linh), Anton Tuan, and Kim Chi were arrested at 5:30 pm while photographing and filming Donald Trump’s convoy passing by Trang Tien Street, during the North Korea and United States summit. They were detained at Trang Tien police station.

At around 1:00 am on February 28, Le Dung updated their release on Facebook, saying that they all went home safely.

October 6, 2019: detained for seven hours and property confiscated

  • Detention
  • Property confiscation
  • Police interrogation
October 6, 2019
Public security
A cafeteria at To Hien Thanh Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Ha Noi (map)

  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression

On October 6, 2019, three members of Chan Hung Nuoc Viet TV, an independent media organization that reports news and debates on national issues, joined a workshop on the East Sea (South China Sea) in Hanoi. They were Vu Manh Tuan, Le Dung Vova, and Cat Linh (Tran Thi My Linh). 

After the workshop ended, they went to a cafeteria at To Hien Thanh Street, Hai Ba Trung District, for lunch. At 11:38 AM, a group of more than ten public security officers stormed into the place and “invited” the trio to Nguyen Gia Thieu’s police station, where they were detained and interrogated separately about their journalism activities for more than seven hours. 

Police requested that they delete all the recordings and notes from the workshop and also confiscated all of their property, notably eight cell phones, two cameras, and other types of equipment.

The three were all released at 6:00 PM and told to return and work with police again the next day.

January 21, 2021: Attempted arrest and specially wanted possibly for running as independent candidate in National Assembly elections

Wanted by authorities
January 21, 2021
Public security
Ha Noi (map)

  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • political participation

January 2021:

Le Van Dung is an outspoken activist living in Hanoi City. In mid January of 2021, Dung announced his plan to apply to run as a self-nominated candidate for the election. Just a week later, on January 21, the local public security surrounded Dung’s house, planned to arrest him. However Dung was aware of this possibility and stayed somewhere else. 

May 2021:

Hanoi police on May 26 tried to arrest independent journalist Le Dung Vova at his home for alleged “anti-state propaganda” but Dung was not at home at the time and as of now is still at large. Dung’s wife, Bui Thi Hue, said the police came to their house, read the warrant and, not having found Dung there, confiscated a laptop and two mobile devices. On May 25, Dung posted on Facebook saying he’d received several “invitations” to go to the police station for interrogation, but he’d refused to do so.

On May 28, after the National Assembly elections concluded, the police issued a “special warrant” for his arrest after they failed to detain him at his house last week because he wasn’t home at the time. The “special arrest” warrant is typically used only for dangerous criminals; this could signal a more serious crackdown on independent journalism. The warrant even allows ordinary citizens to apprehend Dung and take him to the police if they find him. Dung is being sought for “anti-state propaganda” under Article 117.

Dung’s Special Arrest Warrant issued by the Public Security of Ha Noi City on May 28 2021. Source

Blogger bất đồng chính kiến Lê Dũng Vova bị truy nã, June 01 2021, BBC Vietnamese 

Truy nã Lê Dũng Vova - Tuổi Trẻ Online, June 01 2021, Tuoi Tre Online  

Luận bàn về việc công an truy nã đặc biệt Nhà báo độc lập Lê Dũng Vova? June 01 2021, RFA Vietnamese  

Truy nã đặc biệt bị can Lê Văn Dũng (Lê Dũng Vova), June 01 2021, Cong an Nhan dan

Profile last updated: 2021-06-08 15:42:18

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