Acclaimed Vietnamese journalist and human rights defender Pham Doan Trang is one of the 12 International Women of Courage for 2022.  Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States, will bestow the recognition in an online award ceremony to be held this March 14.


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Independent journalist Pham Doan Trang, who is being held by the Vietnamese government, will be honored by Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States, in honor of International Women of Courage 2022, along with 11 other women around the world.

The online award ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Washington time on March 14, chaired by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, according to the US State Department's announcement.

Journalist Pham Doan Trang, currently serving a nine-year prison term for "Propaganda against the State", will be named by First Lady Jill Biden, recognizing her outstanding "courageous achievement".

Pham Doan Trang is an internationally recognized author, blogger, journalist and human rights defender who, through her writings and interviews, uses well-researched legal arguments. to advocate for human rights, the rule of law, and to bring every voice into political spaces in Vietnam," the State Department said in a statement.

Pham Doan Trang is an author and co-founder of many community service organizations that focus on expanding political participation and promoting human rights, good governance, and access to justice. As a journalist, she boldly reported on social issues that the Vietnamese press had never mentioned before, according to the US State Department.


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