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Tạ Phong Tần INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARD

Ta Phong Tan is a Vietnamese blogger born in 1968 in Bac Lieu, Vietnam. A former policewoman and a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam, she was arrested in September 2011 on anti-state propaganda charges for her blog posts alleging government corruption. On 30 July, Ta Phong Tan's mother Dang Thi Kim Lieng immolated herself in front of the government offices in Bac Lieu province in protest of the charges against her daughter. On 4 October 2012, Ta Phong Tan was sentenced to ten years in prison.

In a July 2012 visit to Hanoi, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed concern for the detention of the three members of the Free Vietnamese Journalists' Club.

In March 2013 Ta Phong Tan was named a winner of the International Women of Courage Award and the US State Department.