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Nguyen Van Hoa is a journalist and activist serving a seven year prison sentence for activities related to his reporting and activism around the Formosa waste spill.


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Hoa’s work includes

First independent reporter who broadcast live footage of more than 10,000 protesters against the construction of the Formosa plant using a flycam drone.

Advocated for the rights of those injured in the waste-spill incident.


Prior to his arrest, Nguyen Van Hoa was a videographer for Radio Free Asia’s Vietnamese language service.

Before 2017


He was arrested for drug possession on January 11, 2017 but two weeks later, his family received a notice with the charges listed as “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the State,” (Penal Code, Article 258).

On April 6, 2017, the government officially announced his arrest and the charges against him were changed again to ““disseminating propaganda against the state” (Penal Code,  Article 88).

In his letter to his family in October 2018, he described physical abuse and ploys to coerce him into testifying against other activists.



He has been repeatedly abused by prison guards during his detention. After complaining about abuse, he was kept in solitary confinement between May and September 2019. In November 2020, He began a hunger strike to protest prison conditions and denial of access to his family.


Nguyen Van Hoa is currently held at An Điềm Prison in south-central Vietnam's Quang Nam province.

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