Report corruption in Vietnam and get jail term not Pulitzer
Vietnam land of consistant hostilities and crime, has no respect for freedom of speach.In a very strage case of reporting corruption, a senior jounalist, got jail term of two year.
Nguyen Viet Chien, 56, insisted he was innocent minutes before judge Tran Van Vy delivered the verdict.
Another journalist who had pleaded guilty was deemed to have served out a suspended sentence and freed.
The case has attracted criticism from abroad, with one human rights group calling it "revenge" against daring journalists revealing state corruption.
Two former police officers who were also on trial on related charges received respectively a year in jail and an official warning.
The case relates to a corruption scandal in Vietnam's ministry of transport that first came to light in 2006.
Both journalists vigorously pursued the story, which claimed several high-level scalps, but their reportage was later condemned by authorities as inaccurate and harmful.