Doan Kien Giang

Current Status: Pre-trial detention

Photo of Doan Kien Giang

Other Names: Đoàn Kiên Giang

Date of Birth: 1985

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.

Giang lives and works in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City.

Picture: Doan Kien Giang. Source

Giang was a well-known journalist before he joined Bao Sach as a founding member. Bao Sach investigated a variety of topics, such as corruption and the environment. 

It should also be noted that despite its intense activities and noticeable presence on social media with a massive following, Bao Sach is still considered illegal under Vietnamese law since media outlets must meet a strict application procedure and be sponsored by a Party-supervised 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 District 6 (map)
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression

April 2021:

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. 

Giang was arrested and his house in District 6 was searched by  Public Security of Can Tho Province. The reasons for the arrest have not yet been confirmed by the police. 

However, the only active case concerning Bao Sach  under the jurisdiction of the Can Tho 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 still very uncertain as to whether this led to their arrest, as most state-owned media outlets have reported about CADIF’s wrongdoings in land development matters.

Profile last updated: 2021-08-10 19:12:51

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