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Editors at 2 major Vietnamese newspapers fired
Associated Press
2009-01-01 04:47 PM
The editors of two major Vietnamese newspapers lost their jobs after protesting the arrests of two journalists who reported on a high-profile corruption case, reports said Thursday.

The Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper said its editor Le Hoang was not reappointed and said Nguyen Cong Khe was "relieved" as the editor of the Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper.

Tuoi Tre did not say why the two editors lost their jobs. It quoted Le Hoang as saying he "felt at ease" with the decision, but did not elaborate.

Thanh Nien reported that Khe will maintain his position as the board chairman of the newspaper's business arm.

Officials at the newspapers were not available for comment.

The two newspapers, the most popular in Vietnam's state-controlled media, were vocal in protesting the arrests in May of two of their reporters.

The journalists were accused of using inaccurate information in their reporting about a 2005 scandal in which Transportation Ministry officials were suspected of gambling with allegedly embezzled funds.

In October, a Hanoi court convicted both of "abusing freedom and democracy." Thanh Nien reporter Nguyen Viet Chien was sentenced to two years in jail, while Tuoi Tre reporter Nguyen Van Hai was sentenced to two years of "re-education without detention."

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