Press Vietnam to Tear Down Web Firewall; Release Imprisoned Bloggers
(New York) - United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should publicly press Vietnam to respect freedom of expression and Internet freedom, and release prominent Internet bloggers when she visits Hanoi on July 10, 2012.
Restrictions on Internet freedom have been a serious problem in Vietnam since May 2004, when the government began to firewall critical websites.
A new draft Decree on Management, Provision, and Use of Internet Services and Information on the Network revealed by Ministry of Information and Communications in April 2012 extends many speech crimes to the Internet and requires companies to filter whatever the government finds objectionable. In a country where newspapers, TV, and radio are strictly controlled by the government, the Internet is one of the few bastions of free expression.