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Stories about Vietnam

4 November 2014

Corporate Critics Say Vietnam's New Tech Regulations Are Bad for Business

Vietnam has drafted two Internet-related decrees which impose stricter regulations on tech companies, Internet users, and online transactions. Are these regulations necessary or are they excessive?

28 August 2014

Activist Blogger in Vietnam Gets 3 Years Behind Bars for ‘Obstructing Traffic’

A court has sentenced a prominent Vietnamese activist blogger to three years in prison for posing a “serious obstruction to traffic.” Her two other companions will join her behind bars.

18 July 2014

Vietnamese Government ‘Opinion Shapers’ Target Activist Facebook Pages

The Facebook accounts of prominent Vietnamese activists have been suspended after being reported for abuse by suspected government supporters known as 'opinion shapers'.

11 July 2014

Blocking Facebook: A Hot New Trend in Southeast Asia?

More and more governments in Southeast Asia are becoming aggressive in their efforts to block Facebook, especially during crisis moments. Netizens should respond by remaining vigilant.

31 December 2013

2013 in Review: A Fireside Chat with EFF's Jillian York and Eva Galperin

NSA and FinFisher and drones, oh my! Was 2013 the "worst year for Internet freedom" to date? Jillian and Eva discuss.

3 December 2013

UN Experts Condemn Detention of Vietnamese Blogger Le Quoc Quan

Le Quoc Quan was arrested in December 2012 on trumped-up charges of tax evasion -- but experts suspect that the "real purpose" of his detention and prosecution was to silence Quan, who is an active human rights advocate.

8 October 2013

Southeast Asia: Dictatorships Are Gone, But Censorship Hangs On

Both off and online, censorship is still enforced in several Southeast Asian countries through the use of draconian laws and strict media regulation.

10 August 2013

A Starving Blogger's Vietnam Crusade

Vietnamese dissident blogger Dieu Cay, who is currently in prison, went on a 35-day hunger strike this summer in protest of prison conditions. Though repression continues, observers say that for every blogger that's struck down, several others rise to take his place.

10 July 2013

Advocates Keep Spotlight on Le Quoc Quan

The trial of Le Quoc Quan, one of Vietnam’s most active human rights defenders and an outspoken blogger, has been postponed by the Vietnamese government without explanation. The blogger has been held in prison without trial and with little ability to see or speak to his lawyer for over six months. Quan's prosecution fits into a wider pattern of oppression of free speech in Vietnam.

19 June 2013

Vietnam: Bloggers Arrested, Accused of Spreading “Anti-State” Propaganda

Three prominent bloggers in Vietnam have been arrested in less than a month. All three are accused of spreading anti-state propaganda.