“Because of their age and ill health, Reporters Without Borders urges the government to be lenient with two cyber-dissidents in their 60s who are facing possible imprisonment for urging Vietnamese to follow the example of pro-democracy demonstrators in the Middle East.

“We are dismayed to see that arrests and harassment of democracy advocates are continuing,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Worried about possible contagion from the protests in the Maghreb and Middle East and obsessed with protecting stability at all cost, Hanoi is determined to silence its outspoken citizens and reinforce online censorship.”

Sixteen other netizens are currently detained in Vietnam for expressing their views freely online.”

From Reporters Without Borders