Yale Vietnamese Studies Group
Council on Southeast Asia Studies
November 2 , 2012

"Political Showdown at the Sixth Plenum of the Vietnam Communist Party's Central Committee--an Afterthought."

San Huy Truong, Nieman Fellow in Journalism, Harvard University (Fall 2012).

San Truong (aka Huy Duc) is a freelance journalist based in Ho Chi Minh City who covers Vietnamese politics. After serving eight years in the Vietnamese army as a senior lieutenant, fighting against the Chinese in 1979 and against the Khmer Rouge in the 1980s, he wrote for leading newspapers in Vietnam including Tuoi Tre and the Saigon Economic Times. As a journalist working in a state-controlled media system, his guiding principle has been to "push the line, but not cross the line," attacking corruption and promoting political reform in his homeland. Until 2010, he published blogosin.org, which was ranked as the most popular blog in Vietnam. He is the 2013 Atsuko Chiba Nieman Fellow. The Chiba fellowship honors the memory of Atsuko Chiba, a 1968 Nieman Fellow.

(Pen name is Huy Duc; aka Osin Blog:

You should read: the Committee to Protect Journalists' appeal for press freedoms, referencing crackdowns on Huy Duc and other online journalists and bloggers. The committee wrote: Truong Huy San, a newspaper reporter who under the pen name Huy Duc maintained a popular blog known as Osin, was dismissed on August 24 from the government-run Saigon Tiep Thi (Saigon Marketing) soon after he had published criticism of the former Soviet Union's crimes against humanity. It was lost on few observers that the Soviet Union was a key ally to your Communist Party-run government during the Cold War.

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