(REUTERS) — A Vietnamese student activist was jailed for six years plus four years of probation by a local court on Wednesday for conducting propaganda against the state, his lawyer said.
Despite sweeping reforms to its economy and growing openness to social change, including gay, lesbian and transgender rights, Vietnam's sole Communist Party retains tight media censorship and does not tolerate criticism.
Phan Kim Khanh, 24, is a student studying international relations and the eldest child of a Catholic farming family in a remote area north of capital Hanoi. He had written blogs criticizing the government before he was arrested earlier this year.
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