Authorities Must Investigate Brutal Murder of Journalist in Vietnam

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.

 

Hung, a

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

suffered.

 

The

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.”

 

For further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ represents 600,000 journalists in 125 countries

 

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