CPJ welcomes release of Vietnamese prisoner Nguyen Van Hai

October 21, 2014 6:15 PM ET

New York, October 21, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is pleased by the release from prison of Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Hai, who is also known by the name of his blog, "Dieu Cay," and who had been jailed since April 2008.

"CPJ welcomes the release of Nguyen Van Hai, and we will continue to support him and his family as he rebuilds his health and restarts life as a free man," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia program coordinator.

CPJ honored Hai in November 2013 with an International Press Freedom Award. At least 17 other journalists, most of them online writers, remain in jail in Vietnam, according to CPJ research.

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