Three Vietnamese human rights bloggers have been sentenced to jail sentences ranging from four to 12 years.
They have been found guilty of spreading “propaganda against the state”.
The two men and one female published reports online about human rights abuses, corruption and foreign policy, as part of an organisation they had founded called the Free Journalists Club.
The communist Vietnamese government has stepped up its efforts to silence the voices of bloggers and pro-democracy campaigners.
Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, has said the sentencing is an “assault on freedom of expression” which “bloggers are bearing the brunt” of.
The U.S. Embassy has issued a statement supporting the three bloggers, primarily focused on the sentencing of Dieu Cay (real name Nguyen Van Hai) – who received the longest sentence – and whose plight was raised by Barack Obama last year.