Nguyen Huu Vinh (Ba Sam)
Former police officer faces seven years in prison after being accused of writing stories that ‘distorted the policies’ of the Communist Party
Nguyen Huu Vinh, better known as Anh Ba Sam, is a Vietnamese human rights defender and blogger. He is a former police officer and his father was a government minister and ambassador. In 2007 Vinh set up his first blog (The Ba Sam blog) and he then launched two other online platforms (Citzen's Rights and Writing Vietnamese History). In his blogs, Nguyen Huu Vinh wrote about social issues and human rights. He was arrested in May 2014 and he was sentenced to five years in jail in March 2016. The court accused him of writing “untruthful and groundless content” and damaging the image of the ruling Communist Party.