Occupation: Blogging, Coordinator of the Vietnamese Bloggers Network
Pen Name: Mẹ Nấm (Mother Mushroom)
Hometown: Nha Trang City, Vietnam
Awards: Won the 2010 Hellman/Hammett Award from Human Rights Watch.
Children: Daughter 8, Son 2
Well known for her use of social media to speak out about social injustice and human rights violations, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh has been blogging under the pen name Me Nam since 2006. Her writing has been critical of the Vietnamese government’s corruption, human rights abuses and foreign policy toward China, including the two nations’ territorial disputes. Because of her activism for free expression and other universal human rights, she has been arrested, detained, interrogated, harassed and beaten up by security police on several occasions, including in 2009 when she was taken away at midnight from her home with her two-year-old daughter left behind alone, and detained for ten days.