Monday, January 19, 2009

Vietnam cracks down on the net

The Vietnamese authorities are taking a leaf out of China;s books according to an article in the Washington Post.

As the continued economic growth in the country has led to increased internet use,

Vietnam's government has issued several decrees in recent months to curtail blogging
reports Tim Johnson

The campaign started in August, when the government published an edict giving police broad authority to move against online critics, including those who oppose "the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam" and undermine national security and social order.
The law also bans "obscenity and debauchery . . . and destroying national fine customs and traditions," according to the official gazette published -- online -- by the Ministry of Information and Communications.

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