Three prominent Vietnamese journalists – all members of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam – face up to 20 years in prison when they go on trial in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday, charged with “making, storing, spreading information, materials, items that contain distorted information about the people’s government”. Al Jazeera reports that the arrests are the latest in a continuing crackdown against political dissidents, activists, and other independent voices as the ruling Community Party prepares for its National Congress this month, and have been condemned by representatives of at least two Vietnamese magazines as persecution for the journalists having exercised their rights of free speech, free press, and freedom of assembly.