Vietnam Jails Anti-Govt. Bloggers

    Policemen and security staff stand outside the main entrance gate of Ho Chi Minh City's People's Court where three bloggers stand trial for "anti-state propaganda" on September 24, 2012.  The court in southern Vietnam jailed three bloggers for "anti-state propaganda", including one whose case has been raised by US President Barack Obama.  High-profile blogger Nguyen Van Hai, alias Dieu Cay, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and policewoman-turned-dissident Ta Phong Tan was given 10 years after a trial lasting just a few hours.      AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Three Vietnamese bloggers accused of spreading antigovernment sentiments online have been given jail sentences of between four and 12 years after a perfunctory trial. The three allegedly posted messages on a banned website known as the Free Journalists Club. The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi issued a statement in support of the jailed bloggers, specifically singling out Dieu Cay, a soldier turned dissident writer who received the longest sentence and whose case was raised by President Obama last year.

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