Entries by Huong Nguyen

How Decree 72 will negatively impact freedom of information and freedom of speech in Vietnam

Huong Nguyen, The 88 Project – The Vietnamese Decree 72/2013/NĐ-CP on Management, Provision and Use of  the Internet and Online Information (hereinafter the Decree), since its adoption on July 15, 2013, has had to face many critisms from Vietnamese bloggers and from the international community for restricting the use of Internet in Vietnam. Yet, some others […]

Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of 35 jailed Vietnamese bloggers

Reporters Without Borders: Vietnam is the world’s second biggest prison for bloggers and cyber-dissidents, after China. Vietnam’s bloggers are a source of independently-reported news and information that is an alternative to the government media. They write about corruption, environmental problems and the country’s political developments. There have been several waves of arrests of bloggers, netizens and […]

Jailed Vietnamese Blogger in Fourth Week of Hunger Strike

  July 17, 2013, RFA – One of Vietnam’s most prominent jailed dissidents, blogger Nguyen Van Hai, has gone on a hunger strike amid concerns over his prison treatment,  his ex-wife said Wednesday, highlighting a trend of fasting protests by political prisoners in the one-party Communist state. Hai, popularly known by his pen name Dieu Cay, […]

Vietnam Sentences 4 to Death for Drugs

Associated Press, HANOI, Vietnam July 11, 2013 – A Vietnamese court sentenced four men to death for dealing in heroin, adding to those waiting capital punishment while the government tries to source chemicals for lethal injection, state media reported Thursday. The country has not executed anyone since 2011, when it decided to switch from firing squads to […]

Debate suppressed in Vietnam, questions on Japanese cooperation

“In the more than 20 years during which I have observed this country, the Vietnamese government’s predisposition to try and cover up inconvenient truths is fundamentally unchanged. The construction of the nuclear power plants, wrapped in a political climate with inadequate disclosure of information and the suppression of free speech, is already plagued with serious […]