Redemptorist Priest in the list of “100 information heroes”

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Le Ngoc Thanh, CSsR, a Vietnamese Redemptorist is listed in the “100 information heroes” by the Reporters Without Borders for the forthcoming World Press Freedom Day (3 May). (See the link:http://fr.rsf.org/IMG/pdf/pdf_en_3mai.pdf). Reporters Without Borders is registered in France as a non-profit organization and has consultant status at the United Nations and UNESCO. (See: http://en.rsf.org/who-we-are-12-09-2012,32617.html)

Through their courageous work or activism, these “100 heroes” help to promote the freedom enshrined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the freedom to “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” They put their ideals in the service of the common good. They serve as examples.

 “World Press Freedom Day, which Reporters Without Borders helped to create, should be an occasion for paying tribute to the courage of the journalists and bloggers who constantly sacrifice their safety and sometimes their lives to their vocation,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire.

“These ‘information heroes’ are a source of inspiration to all men and men who aspire to freedom. Without their determination and the determination of all those like them, it would be simply impossible to extend the domain of freedom.

Anton-Le-Ngoc

Anton le Ngoc Thanh works for Vietnam  Redemporist News, a Catholic  news organization for which he  has worked since the 1990s, has  caused him numerous problems  with the Vietnamese authorities.  In 2012 he was stopped for  questioning on his way to Bac  Lieu in the south of the country,  where a woman had set fire to  herself in protest against her daughter, the blogger Ta Phong  Tan, being put on trial. He was  held for several hours for causing  a traffic accident while travelling  on foot. He was arrested again  last year during a demonstration in support of the blogger and activist Dinh Nhat Uy, convicted for organizing a campaign for the release of his jailed younger brother. Thanh is under constant police surveillance and is frequently prevented from covering and publicizing the human rights abuses that he has witnessed. (The blog by Ngoc Thanh: http://www.vrnews.org/)

The message from General Father to Fr.  Joseph Dinh Huu Thoai, CSsR, Secretary provincial of Vietnam

Dear Fr. Joseph,
Thank you for bringing this article to my attention. I am very happy to see this news, and wish you to congratulate Father Le Ngoc Thanh, CSsR, for me personally. This is a very good news, and we are proud that a Redemptorist is honoured in this way. This is a testimony to the importance of social communication which is very much part of the mission and ministry of the Congregation and of the Province of Vietnam in particular.
May God bless you, the whole Province, and especially Fr. Le Ngoc Thanh as we celebrate on May 3rd all those who communicate the truth – and the message of the Gospel! He will be especially in my prayers.
The Lord calls us to “preach the Gospel ever anew” – and to use every means possible to communicate the message of copiosa redemptio. Congratulations, and blessings!
Your brother in the Redeemer,
Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R.
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