Three independent Vietnamese journalists handed long jail terms

HO CHI MINH CITY, Jan 5 (dpa): A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday handed jail sentences of between 11 and 15 years to three reporters from the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN).

Pham Chi Dung, chairman of IJAVN, and two other journalists - Nguyen Tuong Thuy and Le Huu Minh Tuan - were charged with "spreading anti-state propaganda," according Ho Chi Minh City People's court.

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