Vietnam arrests dissident writer

Vietnam arrests dissident writer

Vietnam arrests dissident writer

Updated 30 March 2012, 14:40 AEDT

Vietnamese police have arrested a dissident writer accused of spreading anti-government propaganda.

State media reports on Monday that novelist and journalist Tran Khai Thanh Thuy has been arrested over the weekend in suburban Hanoi.

Her arrest is part of a wider crackdown against political dissidents which has also seen an activists jailed last month, including a Catholic priest.

The Communist Party newspaper Nhan Dan on Monday has reported that Thuy has written articles "distorting the social, political and economic situation of Vietnam, denouncing Vietnam for human rights violations."

The paper also stated that Thuy has given interviews to foreign radio stations and called for a boycott of next month's national assembly elections.

According to the US based international non-government organisation Human Rights Watch, Thuy had been repeatedly detained late last year, then dismissed from her job in November and kept under house arrest during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) annual meeting in Hanoi last November.