Vietnamese Blogger Mother Mushroom Released, Exiled to US

Vietnamese blogger and activist Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh—known by her blogger handle Me Nam, or Mother Mushroom— was freed from jail Wednesday and put on a flight to the United States, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency reported from Hanoi.

Human rights groups welcomed the news, but said Quynh paid for her freedom by accepting exile and that she and more than 100 others should never have been jailed for expressing their opinions in the first place.

“Quynh was sent to the U.S. earlier today,” AFP quoted a Vietnamese government official as saying. The agency said she would join her children and mother in the United States.

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