Dissident Vietnam blogger ‘Mother Mushroom’ released, on way to US

Annonce de la libération de la blogueuse et dissidente Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh emprisonnée depuis octobre 2016 pour « propagande anti-étatique ». Condamnée à dix ans de prison en juin 2017, elle est aujourd’hui libérée mais expulsée vers les États-Unis.

HANOI: A dissident Vietnamese blogger known by the pen name « Mother Mushroom » was on her way to the United States Wednesday (Oct 17) after being released from prison where she was serving 10 years for anti-state propaganda, multiple sources said.

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh was freed from jail Wednesday and put on a flight en route to the US to join her children and mother, a US embassy source, friends, and a Vietnam official said.

« Quynh was sent to the US earlier today, » a Vietnamese government official confirmed to AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Family friend Nguyen Lai said on Facebook « congratulations » to Quynh, adding she would soon be in a « free country ».

Quynh, one of Vietnam’s most well-known activists whose recognisable pen name « Me Nam » comes from her daughter’s nickname « mushroom », was jailed in June 2017 in a case that drew ire from the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.

She is an outspoken critic of Vietnam’s one-party state and gained notoriety with her writing about the environment, politics and deaths in police custody – a no-go topic in communist Vietnam.

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Table ronde de la BBC Vietnamese sur la libération de Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh

Photo « à la une » :  la dissidente « Me Nam » © Jonas Gratzer/Lightrocket via Getty Images