Vietnam: Media protests arrests-AP

May 15, 2008

Vietnam Media Decry Reporters’ Arrests
By Ben Stocking
Associated Press: May 14, 2008

http://freepress.net/node/3984

The arrests of two Vietnamese reporters for their coverage of a bribery, gambling and corruption scandal have led to a highly unusual confrontation between Vietnam’s Communist government and the country’s state-controlled newspapers…”Honest journalists must be freed,” blared a bold headline in Wednesday’s Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper, where one of the reporters worked until he was jailed Monday.

2 Responses to “Vietnam: Media protests arrests-AP”


  1. […] Freedom Against Censorship Thailand or FACT mentions the confrontation of state-controlled newspapers and the Vietnam government over the arrest of […]

  2. James Borton Says:

    I have spent a great deal of time in Vietnam over the past decade witnessing the evolution of Vietnam’s professional media. I count among my friends in the country many professional reporters who are indeed testing the limits of the state’s control of the media.

    With the advent of new technology, the Internet and blogs, there are more and more reporters who exercise courage in their reporting. Expect to see more independence and more state controlled media reporters testing themselves and their newspaper to write and publish articles that challenge the country’s endemic history of corruption and bribery.

    I have faith and confidence in these intrepid and professional reporters.

    James Borton


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