Phan Bui Bao Thy

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

Photo of Phan Bui Bao Thy

Other Names: Phan Bùi Bảo Thy

Date of Birth: 1971

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Journalist

Areas of Activism:

  • Anti-corruption
  • Freedom of expression

Known Affiliations:

Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:

  • Prolonged Incommunicado Detention
  • Online commentator

Details - Background.

Thy has worked for a long time as a state-sanctioned journalist for several state-owned newspapers. He was the head of the representative office of a newspaper called Education & Times in Da Nang before being arrested.

Profile photo source: Nguoi Lao Dong

Arrested February 5, 2021. Charged under Art. 331 (2015 Code).

February 5, 2021
  • Art. 331 (2015 Code)
Quang Tri public security, Quang Tri province
Quang Tri (map)
The People’s Court of Quang Tri Province
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression

The Quang Tri police report and their press release accused Phan Bui Bao Thy and Le Anh Dung of running many Facebook accounts, namely “Ly Tu Duong”, “Thu Ha”, “Hoang Le”, “Quang Tri 357”, and “Quang Tri 246”, that were involved in a so-called “discreditation campaign” against the Party leadership of Quang Tri Province. The report did not discuss the evidence that would support Thy’s accusation. 

Thy was arrested after being invited to work with Quang Tri public security on this matter. Five days after his detention, the authorities officially announced his arrest under Article 331 of the 2015 Criminal Code for "abusing democratic freedoms." His pre-trial detention will last two months and is subject to further extension. His house and workplace in Da Nang were also searched. The authorities alleged that Thy and his accomplice, Le Anh Dung,  prepared 10,000 pages of documents to “defame” the leadership.

Profile last updated: 2021-09-29 00:20:49

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