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:

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 (, 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

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.

Profile last updated: 2020-08-23 01:43:36

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