Vietnamese blogger prevented from travelling to US
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Vietnamese blogger prevented from travelling to US

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese blogger has been stopped from flying to the United States to pick up a human rights award on behalf of his father and sister.

Huynh Trong Hieu said Wednesday that police detained him at Ho Chi Minh airport on Sunday.

He says they questioned him for two hours and took his passport, which had a valid American visa. He was then released.

Hieu was going to the United States to collect the Hellman-Hammett prize from Human Rights Watch on behalf of his father Huynh Ngoc Tuan and sister Huynh Thuc Vy, who are prominent bloggers.

Each year, the group gives cash grants to selected writers for their commitment to free expression.

In a statement, the US Embassy criticized the action against Hieu.

Vietnamese authorities declined immediate comment.