The controversial law banning Internet users to discuss current events, came into force in Vietnam. The legislation known as Decree 72 prohibits the use of blogs and social networks to discuss news articles, but only for personal calls on private topics.
The law also requires that foreign Internet companies placed their local servers in Vietnam.
Vietnam – a country with 92.4 million inhabitants, of which 30 million are Internet users. It’s a socialist republic and the Communist Party of Vietnam – the ruling and the only legal party in the country. The party is well controlled official media, television and newspapers, but with the internet there are some problems, some irresponsible citizens can afford the excessive freedom of speech. Not having sufficient knowledge, they allow you to discuss political developments and comment on the news.
This year dozens of political activists, including bloggers have been arrested for anti-state activities.
Under Decree 72, online publications may not publish material that are “harmful to national security” and oppose the people’s government.
U.S. Embassy expressed its deep concern about the provisions of the decree, arguing that the “fundamental freedom must be respected in the same way online as in offline.”
Regional Association of Internet companies Asia Internet Coalition also voted against the decree because it was “holding back innovation and discourage doing business in Vietnam.”