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Vietnam's parliament votes to approve a cyber security law on June 12, 2018. Vietnamese lawmakers on June 12 approved a sweeping cyber security law which could compel foreign websites to remove critical posts, according to reports. (AFP/Vietnam News Agency)

New cybersecurity law threatens press freedom in Vietnam

Bangkok, June 12, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned a new cybersecurity law that was passed today by Vietnam’s National Assembly as a clear threat to press freedom and called on the Vietnamese government immediately to repeal it.

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An honor guard stands at attention in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in April 2015. Plainclothes officials in Hanoi on February 24, 2018, interrogated Pham Doan Trang, an independent blogger and contributor to the Vietnam Right Now independent news website, and effectively put her under house arrest, prompting the blogger to flee, according to news reports. (AP/Dita Alangkara)

Vietnamese journalist threatened with prison goes into hiding

Bangkok, March 5, 2018–Vietnamese authorities should stop threatening and drop any pending charges against journalist Pham Doan Trang, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement today.

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Nguyen Van Hoa, center, was sentenced to seven years in prison on November 27, 2017, after being convicted of spreading anti-state propaganda. (Cong Tuong/Vietnam News Agency/AP)

Vietnamese blogger sentenced to 7 years for anti-state “propaganda”

Bangkok, November 28, 2017–Vietnamese authorities should immediately release the blogger Nguyen Van Hoa who was sentenced on Monday to seven years in prison on charges of disseminating “propaganda against the state,” the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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