Decreased freedom of expression on the net in VietnamSeptember 6th, 2013 Theme: Internet Freedom
Ranked as the 8th worst country in the world for Internet freedom in 2012, Vietnam is to plummet further with its new Decree 72 that bans the publishing of material that “opposes” the Socialist Republic of Vietnam or “harms national security”. According the new legislation, social-media users cannot quote “general information” or “information from newspapers, press agencies or other state-owned websites” but can only “provide or exchange personal information”. Reporters Without Borders said in a statement that “the decree is both nonsensical and extremely dangerous”.
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