#FREELY: Bloggers and restrictions on the Twin Freedom of Media and religion in Vietnam


Vietnam nominally grants its citizens the exercise of all human rights, including freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Reality in the socialist republic is different, though. News media are strictly censored, religious groups are regimented and democracy is restricted. Blogs have therefore become the most important medium for independent information and debate. Bloggers with a church-related Christian or otherwise religious background account for a significant share of Vietnam’s blogosphere. Many have to make big personal sacrifices. Vaguely-worded criminal laws allow authorities to easily arrest citizens considered as troublemakers.


Christian Mihr, Reporters Without Borders