Nguyen Dinh Ngoc (Nguyen Ngoc Gia), Freelance
Imprisoned:Dec 27, 2014

Ngoc was arrested after police searched his home in southern Ho Chi Minh City. In an announcement on the city's official website, which did not overtly mention his blog posts, authorities said they would investigate Ngoc's "law-violating" activities, according to The Associated Press. He is a frequent contributor to the independent blog sites Lam Bao Dan (People's Newspaper) and Dan Luan (People's Opinion).

Weeks before his arrest, Ngoc highlighted in blog posts and comments to Radio Free Asia the cases of recently detained fellow bloggers Nguyen Quang Lap and Hong Le Tho on anti-state charges of "abusing democratic freedoms." (Lap and Tho were released but were still under investigation in late 2015, according to reports.) Ngoc had also posted about Ta Phong Tan, a blogger who at the time was serving a 10-year sentence for "disseminating anti-state propaganda" and who had staged a hunger strike to protest her mistreatment in prison.

Ngoc told Radio Free Asia in a mid-December interview: "As we reach the end of 2014, many prisoners of conscience are suffering from harassment and torture ... and despite the fact that the government has ratified the international convention against torture, there has been no improvement." Press reports said Ngoc also complained in a blog post before his arrest that his Gmail and Facebook accounts had been hacked.

Ngoc had not been officially charged in late 2015. He was being held at Ho Chi Minh City's Phan Dang Luu Detention Center, according to the independent human rights website Vietnam Right Now. Under Vietnamese law, administrative detention without trial is allowed for reasons of national security, according to Human Rights Watch.

It was not clear if Ngoc was suffering from any ailments while in detention. His family was reluctant to discuss his case and status, fearing reprisals, Vietnam Right Now told CPJ.

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