Are you a blogger in Vietnam? Yes? Then wowza… I hope you only blog about food because otherwise you may be a naughty lil rebel… you naughty writer you…
Ho Van Hai, 52, was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City and accused of “spreading information and documents on the internet that are against the government of the Social Republic of Vietnam”, according to a statement by Ho Chi Minh City police on their website.
Last month Vietnam police detained prominent blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, or “Me Nam” (Mother Mushroom), for running “propaganda” against the state. The United States, European Union and Britain called for her release.
Another well-known Vietnamese political blogger and his assistant lost their appeal in September when a higher court upheld their jail terms and reaffirmed they had abused their freedom and hurt the state’s interests.
They “abused their freedom”… who knew you could abuse your own inherent rights! That makes so much sense.
This is just another case of people literally locking other people up because ‘boohoo they said something I don’t like‘. Frankly it’s amazing that anybody believes this is an acceptable way to behave.
Did Orwell teach you nothing?
People are so incredibly afraid of other people’s thoughts… people are so afraid that these thinkers and talkers will threaten their own power… that they’ll do anything to limit other people’s thoughts and the expression of those thoughts.
This is one of the most negative aspects of humanity… This absurd desire for control over others. One that George Orwell recognized was essential to fight.
So while the Vietnamese government continues to turn 1984 into reality… you writers of the world are fighting the good fight. You are right and they are wrong. There is no such thing as a thought or word so dangerous that a person should be imprisoned. Good luck to you all.
“There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”
– 1984 by George Orwell