Vietnam: the video blogger Do Cong Duong dies in prison

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is dismayed to learn that Do Cong Duong, a jailed independent journalist who had been extremely ill for months, died in detention last week, and calls on the international community to take action to ensure the survival of other journalists held in Vietnam’s prisons.

The official cause of the 58-year-old Do Cong Duong’s death on 2 August has not been announced but he was suffering from multiple ailments for which he was being denied appropriate medical care. Jailed since January 2018, he was serving an eight-year sentence in northern Nghe An province’s Prison No. 6. The authorities refused to hand his body over to his family.