Committee to Protect Journalists Calls For Reopening Investigations into Assassination of Five Vietnamese Journalists


More Vietnamese journalists have been killed than journalists from any other group, including African Americans, Latinos, Chinese, or Haitians

New York, May 27, 2016–The Committee to Protect Journalists will call for the cases of five Vietnamese-American journalists who were killed between 1981 and 1990 to be reopened, based on information uncovered by ProPublica and Frontline. The suspected assassinations were the subject of CPJ’s 1994 report, “Silenced, The Unsolved Murders of Immigrant Journalists in the United States.”


CPJ will hold a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on June 1, to call for a new investigation. CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon, CPJ Program Director and Americas Senior Program Coordinator Carlos Lauría, and Tu Nguyen, the son of Nguyen Dam Phong, a publisher and reporter murdered in 1982, will speak at the event. A.C. Thompson, who examined the killings in “Terror in Little Saigon,” a ProPublica/Frontline documentary and Web series, will speak about his reporting. CPJ sent a letter to the Department of Justice calling for action to end impunity in the cases.

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Nguyen Dam Phong, murdered in 1982

WHEN: June 1, 2016, noon to 1 P.M.

WHERE: Zenger Room

National Press Club

529 14th Street NW

Washington, DC 20045


Help Us Investigate the Murders of Five Vietnamese-American Journalists:


Journalist Group to Call for Investigation to be Reopened into the Murders of 5 Vietnamese American Journalists

The murders were the subject of a Frontline/Pro Publica documentary which aired in November and can still be seen in its entirety online.

Using information compiled from a Freedom of Information Act request, reporter AC Thompson revealed the FBI believed the National United Front for the Liberation of Vietnam was linked to the violence and that the murders were political.

The killings took place in in San Francisco, Houston, Garden Grove, Fairfax County and Bailey’s Crossroad. The last two are both in Virginia.

Among those scheduled to speak at the news conference is Tu Nguyen, the son of Nguyen Dam Phong, a publisher and reporter murdered in 1982.

You can watch the emotional moment when Frontline/Pro Publica presented Nguyen evidence of who killed his father in this clip.

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Read more here.

See also Wikipedia:

During the 1980s, five Vietnamese-American reporters were murdered in the United States. Despite lengthy FBI probes, none of the victims’ killers were ever brought to justice.

Part 2 of our conversation with A.C. Thompson and Rick Rowley, who teamed up on the new PBS Frontlinereport, Terror in Little Saigon.

Thompson and Rowley uncover new evidence potentially tying a right-wing paramilitary Vietnamese exile group to the journalists’ deaths—and a U.S. government link that may have helped them evade justice. Could the documentary lead authorities to reopen the cases?

Watch Part 1: Terror in Little Saigon: New Doc Ties US-Allied Kill Squad to Unsolved Murders of Vietnamese Journos in US


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  1. Tổ chức Bảo Vệ Ký Giả lên tiếng mở lại hồ sơ điều tra về vụ 5 nhà báo người Việt bị thanh toán | KBC Hải Ngoại Says:

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