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article imageVietnamese bloggers come under Government Decrees

By Bodhisattva Banerji     Jan 20, 2009 in Internet
The blogosphere, as well, is not able to break-free from censorship. In its latest instance, the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam has issued several decrees in the aim of curtailing a vibrant blogosphere of the country.
The bloggers too have come under the government decrees. It may sound a bit amazing but that is exactly what has happened in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The country in its' recent spat of rapid industrialization has experienced a massive growth in the number of computer as well as Internet users. However, it seems, that the government is not feeling too happy about this rapid increase in the numbers of bloggers. The campaign which was started in the August last year, specifies the decree towards the issues such as, online criticism of governance, opposing the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in any way, undermining various issues such as national security and finally the social order.
The decree, while not remaining confined to the above said issues, has banned obscenity as well as debauchery. The present rulers, reportedly, were concerned with the alleged destruction of the national fine customs and traditions. The detailed report quoted the official gazette published by the Ministry of Information and Communications of the country. The bloggers community of the country remains a thriving and throbbing one with about 24 million people in use the Web. There are reports that suggest that the bloggers community was a smarter lot to discover the real potentialities of the web space in a country where the information is heavily censured by the government.
While coming out with various perspectives of the country the bloggers remained critical of the government as well as the political future of the country. Kim Ninh, the head of the Asia Foundation's office in Hanoi, reportedly stated that the blogosphere remained an oddly intellectualized environment. He added further that even if there might be a lot of mudslinging the underneath contained an intellectual tradition which dates back to the French colonial period. He added further while talking to the media people that the blogosphere took the subject of political debate very seriously since it continued that flow of intellectual tradition.
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