Tran Huynh Duy Thuc

Blogger, entrepreneur

Birth date: November 29, 1966

Activity: Blogger, entrepreneur

Date of arrest: May 17, 2009

Sentence: Sentenced to 16 years imprisonment followed by 5 years house arrest on January 20, 2010

Charge: Attempting to overthrow the government (Article 79)

Current location: B34 Prison Camp, Saigon

Tran Huynh Duy Thuc help found mobile phone company One Internet Connection, which grew rapidly to reach a regional scale in Southeast Asia. Thuc blogged under the pen names Tran Dong Chan and Change We Need. In 2005 he created the "Think Tank Chan" with friends to reflect on the future of Vietnam. Arrested originally for "theft of telephone lines,” authorities subsequently reclassified the charges against him to subversion. He is a member of the Democratic Party of Vietnam.

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