Nguyen Thanh Nha

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

Photo of Nguyen Thanh Nha

Other Names: Nguyễn Thanh Nhã

Date of Birth: 1980

Gender: M

Ethnicity: Kinh

Occupation: Journalist

Areas of Activism:

  • Anti-corruption
  • Environment
  • Press

Known Affiliations:

August 2021:

Can Tho provincial police finished their investigation of four members of the group Clean News and have charged them with “abusing democratic freedoms which violate the interests of the state.” The men are: Truong Chau Huu Danh, 39, Nguyen Phuoc Trung Bao, 39, Doan Kien Giang, 36, and Nguyen Thanh Nha, 41. Additionally, before the investigation was completed a fifth man from Hanoi also was similarly charged, but was only placed under house arrest: Le The Thang,39. A trial date has not been set.

Details - Background, History of Activism.

Nha lives and works in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City.

Picture: Nguyen Thanh Nha when arrested. Source

Nha was a journalist based in Ho Chi Minh City for a long time before he joined Bao Sach as a founding member. Bao Sach was involved in a variety of news topics and investigative work, including anti-corruption and the environment. 

It should also be noted that despite its intensive activities and noticeable presence on social media, where it has a massive following, Bao Sach is still considered illegal under Vietnamese law since media in Vietnam must meet strict application procedures and must be sponsored by a Party agency in order to establish a news outlet.

Arrested April 20, 2021. Charged under Art. 331 (2015 Code).

April 20, 2021
  • Art. 331 (2015 Code)
Can Tho public security, Can Tho City
His house in Thu Duc City (map)
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression

In December 2020, Truong Chau Huu Danh was the first member of Bao Sach to be arrested, signaling the coming risks of arrest and harassment for the team members. The Bao Sach fan page disappeared, and other members also deactivated their Facebook accounts. On April 20, 2021, other remaining members were arrested, with the exception of journalist Le The Thang, who worked mainly as a photographer for Bao Sach. 

Nha was arrested and his house was searched by the Public Security of Can Tho Province. 

The reasons for the arrest were not revealed by the police.  In May 2021, several newspapers mentioned that Bao Sach had been involved in defaming the Can Tho provincial leadership, distorting their economic policies and law enforcement practices.

However, the only active case that Bao Sach followed under the jurisdiction of Can Tho Province authorities is the case of the Can Tho Development Investment Fund (CADIF), a fund under the auspices of the People’s Committee of Can Tho City. But it is uncertain as to whether this led to the arrest of these journalists, as most state-owned media outlets have reported about this CADIF’s wrongdoings in land development.

Profile last updated: 2021-08-10 19:13:46

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