Initially, bloggers who cared
about national issues in
It should be noted that many Vietnamese Internet users adapted Yahoo! Messenger short message and chat service early on. So when Yahoo! introduced its 360° Blog service, many Vietnamese signed on and this network quickly developed into a very large online community.
Popular bloggers on Yahoo 360° include Vang Anh and Cong Ly Su That, who have in their writings courageously brought to light distorted historical issues, protested against government corruption and abuse, and exposed wrongdoing inside the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam.
The unprecedented explosion of
information exchange caused concern among government authorities, who strictly
Authorities last year arrested
blogger Nguyen Van Hai, better known as Dieu Cay, and sentenced him to 30
months in prison on trumped-up charges of tax evasion. Many in
They also harassed Ta Phong Tan
and other bloggers like Anh Ba Sg, Dong A, Thien Sau, and Trang Dem, sending a
signal to all bloggers that the government is closely monitoring their online
writings. As a student studying in
That doesn't mean I'm entirely
safe, however. Authorities working with the police have repeatedly visited my
I have been a blogger since 2006 and I have twice in the last three years had to relocate my Yahoo! blog page. At first I thought I was the victim of unknown hackers, but later discovered that Yahoo had taken steps to freeze my account. I personally don't see how the political views expressed on my blog violate Yahoo!'s terms of service.
After repeated attempts to
phone and e-mail Yahoo customer service, I have yet to receive a clear answer
about why my blog was suspended. I believe it is worth noting that Vu Minh Tri,
the head of Yahoo Southeast Asia Pte Ltd which operates the 360° blog service
I'd like to emphasize that
blogger and Internet freedom in