International Press Freedom Awards: Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, Vietnam

Après avoir été libérée avant terme et expulsée du Viêt-Nam vers les Etats-Unis la blogueuse et activiste Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, connue sous le pseudonyme de « Mère Champignon » a bénéficié du soutien du Comité de Protection des Journalistes, ONG installée à New York. Elle a reçu le 20 novembre 2018, en compagnie de journalistes du Venezuela, du Soudan et de l’Ukraine, le prix de la Liberté de la presse 2018. Vidéo et texte ci-après de son allocution lors de la remise de ce prix.

The text of Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh’s acceptance speech, as prepared for delivery, is below.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Committee to Protect Journalists for selecting me as one of the recipients of the 2018 International Press Freedom Awards.

Freedom! One cannot find a more fitting symbol of freedom than the Statue of Liberty right here in this great city of New York; where I have found myself in these immortal words that were cast more than a century ago: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

I am so grateful to CPJ for helping to secure my freedom. I am also profoundly thankful to the U.S. government and this country for accepting my family into her open and compassionate arms. But even now, as I am breathing the air of freedom, I must confess that I have yet to find complete happiness. Because seeking personal freedom in another land away from Vietnam was never my goal. My dream and my struggle have always been to one day be one of 90 million free citizens of Vietnam–living lives with basic freedoms, with human rights respected and protected, fully free to engage in the process of self-determination.

My personal freedom today was secured by the tireless efforts and contributions of many friends and supporters. This newly gained freedom would only be meaningful if I use it as a voice for the oppressed back in Vietnam. So my journey for a free Vietnam shall continue, regardless of where I live.

I would also take this opportunity to ask all of you to shine the light of justice on another brave Vietnamese mother with 2 children of her own–fellow blogger Trần Thị Nga. She was sentenced to nine years imprisonment for her fight for freedom, democracy and human rights in Vietnam. Please support us in our endeavor to free this courageous woman. Thank you again, so much, for your recognition and support for bestowing this award upon me. Thank you everyone.

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh

Source : CPJ