Sentenced to 6 years in prison for the publication of “anti-state” articles on Facebook

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A Vietnamese court on Thursday sentenced a man to six years in jail for publishing material on Facebook that the government says is “anti-state”.

The court accused Nguyen Ngoc, 38, of “fabricating and disseminating information and material hostile to the state” during the one-day trial in the Ben Trei province in the Mekong Delta.

A police statement said he had arrested Ngoc in September after he was found to have written and posted anti-state materials and videos on his Facebook page between March and August last year.

It also incited people to take part in protests in June and Vietnam’s national holiday in September last year, the statement said.

In January, Vietnam accused Facebook of violating its laws by allowing users to post anti-government comments.

A spokeswoman for Facebook declined to comment on Thursday’s trial.

Ngok will be under house arrest for five years after his prison term expires, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

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