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Police Beat Reporters During Vietnam Land Eviction

9 May 2012

Police and security guards beat two journalists from Vietnamese state radio who were covering the mass eviction of farmers from land slated for a housing project. The incident was captured on a video posted on YouTube, which showed police and guards beating and kicking the two men. The two reporters and the national radio station have asked provincial authorities for an explanation, but they have not responded. Land rights cases have attracted increased attention in Vietnam in recent years as farmers have been pushed off their land.—AP