Asia-Pacific

Sep 28, 2012

Vietnam heading backwards when it comes to free speech

Vietnam's pursuit of a seat in the UN is not being helped by its mistreatment of journalists and bloggers. A number have been intimidated and even jailed, writes Monash University's André Dao.

On September 24, 2012 — exactly 30 years to the day after Vietnam became a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights — three Vietnamese bloggers were convicted and sentenced to lengthy jail terms for “conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” after a short trial that lasted only a few hours.

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  1. Coaltopia

    It’s very 1984 isn’t it? “Winston dreams about meeting O’Brien in a place “where there is no darkness”… Through brainwashing and shock treatment, the Party ultimately controls Winston’s dreams. Only then do they truly control Winston”.

    I figured Vietnam’s record was always going to be dubious given it censors its Internet so thoroughly.

  2. Clytie

    From the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR):
    http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights

    “Article 19
    Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

    Trong Tuyên ngôn Quốc tế Nhân quyền:
    http://vi.wikisource.org/wiki/Tuyên_ngôn_Quốc_tế_Nhân_quyền

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  3. Clytie

    (Trying again without using double angle brackets to replace guillemets…)

    From the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR):
    http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights

    “Article 19
    Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

    Trong Tuyên ngôn Quốc tế Nhân quyền:
    http://vi.wikisource.org/wiki/Tuyên_ngôn_Quốc_tế_Nhân_quyền

    ” Ðiều 19:
    Mọi người đều có quyền tự do ngôn luận và bày tỏ quan điểm. Quyền này bao gồm sự tự do quan điểm mà không bị xen vào quấy rầy và được tự do tìm kiếm, thu nhận và quảng bá tin tức và tư tưởng qua mọi phương tiện truyền thông bất kể biên giới. “

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