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ICC Note:

Vietnam is a Communist country that strictly controls what its citizens can say on the internet. Vietnam has been known to imprison Catholic and Christian activists and bloggers in an attempt to suppress their voice. Christians have are often questions, harassed, and imprisoned for their faith. In an attempt to bring further control to activists, Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security has proposed a bill that would ban recording devices, including audio and video recorders. Many feel the move is to suppress activists attempts to record and report on official and police corruption. At least 19 bloggers and activists were convicted in Vietnam in just the first 9 months of 2016. Vietnam ranks 175th out of the 180 countries ranked in the World Press Freedom Index.

4/17/2017 Vietnam (Radio Free Asia) – Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security has proposed a draft bill banning the use of audio and video recording devices as a national security measure, a move that bloggers and citizen journalists say is intended to prevent them from doing their jobs in the repressive nation that restricts the media.

The draft bill, proposed this month by the ministry that oversees the country’s police force, also prohibits the use of disguised apps used to record audio and video.

But some bloggers and citizen journalists, who provide the only independently reported information in Vietnam, where the media is controlled by the Communist Party, believe the bill will prevent them from covering events and writing about abuses committed by authorities and infringements upon people’s rights.

“I don’t understand how they could come up with this draft,” freelance journalist Truong Duy Nhat told RFA’s Vietnamese Service. “It sounds ridiculous and just aims at gagging people.”

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