01 Feb '11, 9am

Vietnamese police urged to find reporter's killer: International human rights groups called on Vietnamese police...

HANOI, Vietnam – International human rights groups called on Vietnamese police to quickly find the attacker who barged into a journalist's bedroom and set him on fire while he was sleeping The calls Tuesday followed the death of veteran newspaper reporter Le Hoang Hung, 50, on Jan. 29 from severe burns suffered during the attack. Both organizations expressed concerns that Hung's aggressive reporting at the Laborer newspaper in the southern Mekong Delta may have prompted the attack. "Media killings are rare in Vietnam, and authorities should act to ensure that a culture of impunity does not begin to take root," Shawn Crispin, of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, said in a statement. The state-controlled Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported that Hung had recently been covering corruption and cross-border smuggling issues and that he had received threatening...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/ap/20110201/twl-as-vietnam-journ...

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