Viet blogger vanishes abroad

WASHINGTON: A Vietnamese blogger for Radio Free Asia has vanished after fleeing to Thailand, the news organisation said, as rights activists voiced fear that he had been abducted.

Truong Duy Nhat – a weekly blogger for the Vietnamese service of Radio Free Asia aiming to provide news to countries that lack press freedom – last made contact with editors on Jan 26, a day after he applied for refugee status with the UN High Commis­sioner for Refugees in Bangkok, the US-funded network said.

“We are extremely concerned about the safety and wellbeing of Truong Duy Nhat,” Radio Free Asia president Libby Liu said.

“We hope to hear from him as soon as possible about his whereabouts and to be assured he’s not in any danger,” said Liu, whose organisation has alerted the US State Department. — AFP