Profile

Doan Kien Giang

Current Status: Likely released - at risk

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:

Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:

  • Former Political Prisoner

January 2022:

An appellate court in Can Tho Province upheld the sentences against members of the Bao Sach (Clean News) group for violating Article 331—”abusing democratic freedoms.”

October 2021:

Five journalists from the Facebook group Bao Sach (Clean Newspaper) were sentenced to years in prison after a short two-day trial. They were accused of “abusing democratic freedoms” according to Article 331; their most controversial topic centered on the highly suspect death sentence of accused murderer Ho Duy Hai, who has always maintained his innocence. The defendants and their sentences are: Truong Chau Huu Danh (39), 4.5 years; Le The Thang (39), 3 years; Doan Kien Giang (36), 3 years; Nguyen Phuoc Trung Bao (39), 2 years; Nguyen Thanh Nha (41), 2 years.

Details

Immediate Concerns

January 2022:

An appellate court in Can Tho Province upheld the sentences against members of the Bao Sach (Clean News) group for violating Article 331—”abusing democratic freedoms.”

October 2021:

Five journalists from the Facebook group Bao Sach (Clean Newspaper) were sentenced to years in prison after a short two-day trial. They were accused of “abusing democratic freedoms” according to Article 331; their most controversial topic centered on the highly suspect death sentence of accused murderer Ho Duy Hai, who has always maintained his innocence. The defendants and their sentences are: Truong Chau Huu Danh (39), 4.5 years; Le The Thang (39), 3 years; Doan Kien Giang (36), 3 years; Nguyen Phuoc Trung Bao (39), 2 years; Nguyen Thanh Nha (41), 2 years.

Background

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

Picture: Doan Kien Giang. Source

History of Activism

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.

Sentenced to 3 years in prison under Art. 331 (2015 Code). Expected Release is April 20, 2024.

  • Art. 331 (2015 Code)
Can Tho public security, Can Tho City
His house in District 6 (map)
October 28, 2021
3 years in prison
April 20, 2024
  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • fair trial
US government
Details of Imprisonment

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.

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.

 

Actions Taken

October 2021:

The US State Department released a statement raising concern about the conviction of the five members of the Clean News group. “We understand this group of journalists focused on investigative reporting on corruption, which, of course, is not a crime. … Press freedom is fundamental to transparency and accountable governance.  Authors, bloggers, and journalists often do their work at great risk, and we urge the Vietnamese government and other governments and citizens worldwide to ensure their protection.”

Resources

Vụ án Trương Châu Hữu Danh: Bắt thêm Đoàn Kiên Giang, Nguyễn Thanh Nhã, Nguyễn Phước Trung Bảo, Thanh Nien Online, April 20, 2021 

Bắt 3 đối tượng nhóm "Báo sạch" liên quan tới vụ Trương Châu Hữu Danh, Công an Nhân dân, April 20, 2021

Vụ Trương Châu Hữu Danh: Bắt thêm Đoàn Kiên Giang, Nguyễn Thanh Nhã, Nguyễn Phước Trung Bảo, Tuoi tre Online, April 20, 2021

Khởi tố, bắt giam bị can Đoàn Kiên Giang, Vietnamnet, April 20, 2021

Vietnam court sentences ‘Clean Newspaper’ journalists to long prison terms, Radio Free Asia, October 28, 2021

US State Department Press Release, October 29, 2021

Vietnam: Appellate Court Upholds Convictions of Bao Sach’s Journalists, The Vietnamese, January 26, 2022

October 28, 2021: trial

October 28, 2021
His house in District 6 (map)

  • freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
  • liberty and security of the person
  • freedom of expression
  • fair trial
US government
Details of Imprisonment

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.

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.

 

Actions Taken

October 2021:

The US State Department released a statement raising concern about the conviction of the five members of the Clean News group. “We understand this group of journalists focused on investigative reporting on corruption, which, of course, is not a crime. … Press freedom is fundamental to transparency and accountable governance.  Authors, bloggers, and journalists often do their work at great risk, and we urge the Vietnamese government and other governments and citizens worldwide to ensure their protection.”

Resources

Vụ án Trương Châu Hữu Danh: Bắt thêm Đoàn Kiên Giang, Nguyễn Thanh Nhã, Nguyễn Phước Trung Bảo, Thanh Nien Online, April 20, 2021 

Bắt 3 đối tượng nhóm "Báo sạch" liên quan tới vụ Trương Châu Hữu Danh, Công an Nhân dân, April 20, 2021

Vụ Trương Châu Hữu Danh: Bắt thêm Đoàn Kiên Giang, Nguyễn Thanh Nhã, Nguyễn Phước Trung Bảo, Tuoi tre Online, April 20, 2021

Khởi tố, bắt giam bị can Đoàn Kiên Giang, Vietnamnet, April 20, 2021

Vietnam court sentences ‘Clean Newspaper’ journalists to long prison terms, Radio Free Asia, October 28, 2021

US State Department Press Release, October 29, 2021

Vietnam: Appellate Court Upholds Convictions of Bao Sach’s Journalists, The Vietnamese, January 26, 2022

Profile last updated: 2024-06-13 20:34:06

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