Nguyen Van Hoa
Nguyen Van Hoa is a 22 year old blogger, activist and digital security trainer from Vietnam. He also reports for Radio Free Asia, a media organisation which provides independent news and information to Asian countries whose governments prohibit access to free press. In 2016, the human rights defender shared information online through photos, videos and articles about the Taiwan-owned Formosa Plastics Group’s toxic chemical spill in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, one of the country’s worst environmental disasters. He was the first to broadcast live footage of the resulting protests against the government using a flycam drone outside the Formosa Steel Plant in Ha Tinh Province. In October 2016, his footage of more than 10,000 peaceful protesters went viral.