Nguyen Quang Lap

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Nguyen Quang Lap
Native name
Nguyễn Quang Lập
Born (1956-04-30) April 30, 1956 (age 65)
OccupationWriter, playwright, screenwriter

Nguyen Quang Lap is a Vietnamese writer,[1] playwright, and screenwriter. He has won several prizes of the Vietnamese government.[2] His political publications led to his arrest in 2014.[2] Out of Vietnam's 34 imprisoned bloggers counted by Reporters Without Borders, he is the only mainstream author, often featured by Vietnam's official media.[2]


Nguyen Quang Lap was born in 1956 in Quang Trach. He graduated from the University of Hanoi as a radio engineer.[3]

Nguyen Quang Lap joined the army from 1980 to 1985, stationed in Quang Ninh then in Da Nang.[3] Some of his early works were written during this period. After leaving the army he worked at Kim Dong Publishing House and for the Saigon Tiep Thi newspaper.

He was arrested on December 6, 2014 under article 258 of the Vietnamese Penal Code,[4] which allows for prison terms of up to 3 years for "abus[ing] the rights to freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of belief, religion, assembly, association, and other democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the State."


  • The Deserted Valley, 2002[1]
  • The Little Heart, 2008[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Quang Lap Nguyen".
  2. ^ a b c "Vietnam writer Nguyen Quang Lap 'arrested over blog'". BBC News. 6 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Nhà văn Nguyễn Quang Lập và góc thờ Biển Đông". 14 July 2013.
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