The authorities in Vietnam have sacked the editors of the country’s two largest pro-reform newspapers.
Nguyen Cong Khe and Le Hoang were ousted months after two of their journalists went on trial over coverage of a government corruption scandal.
Correspondents say the two papers concerned – Thanh Nien and Tuoi Tre -have taken a leading role in exposing allegations of official corruption.
Vietnam has recently toughened reporting restrictions.
According to Giang Nguyen, from the BBC’s Vietnamese Service, the loss of the two editors was a shock in the final hours of 2008.
The farewell party to Nguyen Cong Khe at Thanh Nien newspaper was described by an insider as “tearful”.
Tuoi Tre’s boss Le Hoang was reported to have agreed with his redeployment to a new job in the publishing business.
Nguyen Viet Chien and Nguyen Van Hai, reporters for the two papers, had been picked to stand trial in October for vigorous reporting of a major corruption case.
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