In a meeting with the Ministry of Information and Communication Tuesday, Hauer apologized to Giap's family and the people of Vietnam. State media quoted ministry official Le Quang Tu Do as saying that Hauer could be fined up to $2,200 but a final decision will be made soon depending on his behavior.
Hanoi, Vietnam - Dressed in the traditional Vietnamese long gown known as "ao dai", dissident artist Do Nguyen Mai Khoi holds up a banner in a silent protest amidst the roar of traffic in the capital's Old Quarter. The signs reads "undemocratic regime" but features the images of Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, of Facebook, and Eric Schmidt, of Google - rather than of those leading Vietnam's ruling Communist Party. "I don't criticise people in the government. I only criticise the system," Mai Khoi said. The 35-year-old singer-songwriter said she does not want to be accused of spreading "anti-state propaganda" and handed a lengthy prison sentence like others who have criticised Vietnam's leaders in the streets or online.
FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo, Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang meets with Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the Presidential Palace during the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi, Vietnam. Official media say Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died at age 61 due to illness on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. FILE - In this March 23, 2018, file photo, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang greets journalists as he waits for arrival of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam. Official media say Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died at age 61 due to illness on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, the country's No. 2 after the ruling Communist Party's leader, died Friday after a serious illness, the government said.
HANOI - Vietnam has stepped up its imprisonment of political activists, Amnesty International said in a report Monday, intensifying a crackdown that has seen the number of prisoners of conscience increase by almost a third since last year. Nearly 10 percent of the 128 prisoners held in the Southeast Asian country for expressing dissenting views were jailed for posting anti-state comments on social media platforms such as Facebook, the report said. Amnesty defines prisoners of conscience as people who have not used or advocated violence but have been imprisoned because of their identity or beliefs. "In the past year, the Vietnamese authorities have made a clear effort to clamp down on social media," Nguyen Truong Son, Amnesty's Vietnam campaigner, said. "They have realized that Facebook was one of the last safe spaces where people could peacefully speak their mind, spread news, hold debates -- everything the authorities are afraid of," Son said.