Acclaimed human rights defender Pham Doan Trang is one of the featured women activists in The 20th International Film and Human Rights Festival in Geneva, Switzerland.  The FIFDH will have its screenings from March 4 to 13, 2022.


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PHAM DOAN TRANG

Journalist and blogger Pham Doan Trang has been in detention since October 2020 and was recently sentenced to 9 years in prison for "propaganda against the state". The 43-year-old was accused by the Hanoi regime of "defaming the Vietnamese government and inventing fake news".

In one of the world's most repressive countries towards civil society, where freedom of the press is non-existent, Pham Doan Trang - RSF 2019 Prize - has founded numerous independent media and publishing houses - including Nha Xuat Ban Tu Do or Law Magazine - and the NGO Green Trees, making her the target of a government that does not tolerate dissent.

According to Reporters Without Borders, Vietnam currently has a record 44 journalists and bloggers in detention, and ranks 175th out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index.

Despite intimidation, torture and repeated arrests, Pham Doan Trang is fighting to end systematic abuse of both human rights and freedom of the press in Vietnam. Nominated for the prestigious Martin Ennals Award 2022 on 2nd June in Geneva, the Festival dedicates its 20th edition to her.


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