José Borghino, IPA Secretary General issues a statement on the 9 nine year sentence of Pham Doan Trang, the recipient of the 2020 IPA Prix Voltaire.


On Tuesday 14 December, the Washington Post reported that Vietnamese publisher, author and journalist Pham Doan Trang has been sentenced by the Hanoi People’s Court to 9 years in prison for disseminating anti-state propaganda.

José Borghino, IPA Secretary General, said: All publicly available information about this case, the charges and the process make it impossible to see this as anything but a show trial. The International Publishers Association commends Pham Doan Trang for her bravery in the face of this persecution which can only be intended to intimidate others into silence.