VIETNAM – Vietnam Frees Catholic Blogger but Upholds 20-year Sentence for Another Activist

World Watch Monitor | Oct. 22, 2018

Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh during her trial in the southern coastal city of Nha Trang on 29 June 2017.

A Vietnamese Catholic blogger arrived in the United States last week after she was released from jail unexpectedly, reports the Catholic news site UCAN.

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known as “Mother Mushroom”, was sentenced in June last year to ten years in prison for posting what police described as anti-state reports. In November she failed in her attempt to overturn her prison sentence.

The 39-year-old mother of two was a popular blogger, known for her environmental campaigns and support for political prisoners.

After her initial sentencing in June, Quynh said: “Every person has only one life. But if I had to replay my life, I would still have done the same thing. I believe my mother and children will never feel sorry for me but be proud of me.