Vietnamese activist 'Mother Mushroom' freed from prison, granted asylum in the US

A photo published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) purportedly shows Nguyen and her two children on a flight bound for the US.

(CNN)A high-profile Vietnamese dissident and online blogger has arrived in the United States where she has been granted asylum following her release from prison in her home country.

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who is known by her online pseudonym, Me Nam -- which translates to "Mother Mushroom" -- touched down in the US late Wednesday, accompanied by her mother and two young children, according to Karen Tang, a US embassy spokeswoman.
A photo posted online by the Committee to Protect Journalists appears to show Nguyen and her two young children on board a flight out of Vietnam.
Nguyen, whose blog covered issues such as land confiscation, freedom of speech and police brutality, was released a year and a half into a 10-year sentence for "conducting anti-State propaganda" on Wednesday morning.
    The blogger, famous for her tagline, "Who will speak if you don't?" was arrested by the Department of Public Security on October 10, 2016, according to the state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA), which referred to her in reports as an "anti-state instigator."
    She was convicted in June 2017.
    In a statement provided to CNN, US embassy spokeswoman Karen Tang said that the US government had consistently called for the release of Quynh and other persons imprisoned in Vietnam for "exercising their human rights and fundamental freedoms."
    It added that the US would continue to call on the government of Vietnam to "immediately and unconditionally release all prisoners of conscience and allow all Vietnamese citizens to express their political views without fear of retribution."
    Nguyen stands trial at a courthouse in the central city of Nha Trang in June 2017.