Vietnamese government implements coercitive / preemptive tools against online expression

by Laurent François

Oh! Oh! Oh! No, it’s not an Xmas gift, it’s a very interesting news given by The Associated Press about the Vietnamese government action against / about blogs :

“The rules ban any posts that undermine national security, incite violence or crime, disclose state secrets, or include inaccurate information that could damage the reputation of individuals and organizations, according to a copy of the regulations obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.The rules, which were approved Dec. 18, attempt to rein in Vietnam’s booming blogosphere. It has become an alternative source of news for many in the communist country, where the media is state-controlled.The new rules require Internet companies that provide blogging platforms to report to the government every six months and provide information about bloggers on request.The companies are also required to prevent and remove content the government deems harmful.The regulations, written by the Ministry of Information and Communications, encourage bloggers to use “clean, healthy Vietnamese language.” They clarify earlier Internet regulations that were introduced in August.”

After Korea, it’s the confirmation of 3 elements at least:

  • online expression (blogging among others…) is now considered as a true power (forces of opposition or supporters of the legal power). Digital influence is first and foremost a real opinion power
  • the historical authority, that we thought was so-oh!-far concerning this issue, counterstrikes and establishes coercitive laws
  • we don’t talk that much about this topic in other blogospheres / webspheres (other means “other languages”), and it can feed the idea for national governments that these questions have to be solved / hushed up at the local level

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