Addendum: Tran Thuy Lieu, wife of
journalist Le Hoang Hungsurrendered herself to authorities
on Februrary 20 and is being detained as a suspect in her husband’s murder,
according to local media reports.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) calls
for an immediate investigation into the January 30 death of journalist Le Hoang
Hung, ten days after he was set on fire while sleeping at his
home in Tan An near the Vietnamese capital Ho Chi Minh City.
veteran reporter with The Worker
newspaper, sustained burns to 50 per cent of his body after being doused
with chemicals and set alight in the January 20 attack. Local media reports
initially suggested his condition was stable despite the extensive burns he had
reporter’s colleagues suggested the attack could be related to Hung’s reporting
on official misconduct in the southern Mekong Delta, the BBC reports.
“The IFJ demands that Vietnamese
authorities immediately investigate the potential involvement of local
authorities in Hung’s death and classify the case as a murder investigation,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
“This brutal attack is an affront to
free speech and press freedom in an already restrictive environment of government
control and censorship.”
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