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Police officer demoted for assaulting VOV reporters

Update: July, 27/2012 - 09:59

HUNG YEN — A police officer who beat two journalists reporting on a land eviction case in the northern province of Hung Yen has been demoted.

Police officer Dang Quang Hoang beat the two reporters from Radio the Voice of Viet Nam when they were reporting on a forced land eviction to make way for a housing project in Van Giang District two months ago.

The two reporters, Nguyen Ngoc Nam, chief of political and economic news at the VOV and staff reporter Han Phi Long, were at the scene to report on the eviction but were not wearing their press cards. Both were beaten by Hoang with a rubber truncheon when they were standing near several residents who were clashing with local authorities in May.

The provincial police began investigations into the case after the VOV called for action on the matter.

Three workers from the V&T Company were also fined for being involved in beating the two reporters.

The two reporters did not take Hoang to court and refused to have their injuries checked by an official medical examiner. According to the Penal Code's Article 107, an attacker will face criminal charges if the victim's injuries are deemed to be serious.

A police investigation showed that there was not enough evidence to bring the attackers to the court.

It reported that more than 66ha of the land were voluntarily handed over by households who have accepted compensation, but 5.8ha were seized by force from 166 households who had rejected the compensation.

The district's authorities have handed 72 ha of cleared agricultural land in the district to the investor of the Van Giang Urban-Trade-Tourism Project.

It has offered the highest compensation rate and plans to provide jobs for those who have their land resumed for the project. — VNS

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