Are We Free Online? - Digital Rights in Vietnam
Want to learn how you can protect online freedom in Southeast Asia? Join Manushya Foundation as we champion a free and safe internet for all through our campaign to #StopDigitalDictatorship in all countries of Southeast Asia.
Check our ‘SPOTLIGHT-Vietnam’ on the misuse of restrictive laws, policies and actions of the government of Vietnam that contributes to the rising digital dictatorship in the country.
In the continuing crackdown against those who are critical of the government online, the year 2021 started with 3 journalists being sentenced for a total of 37 years for sharing ‘anti-state propaganda’ under Article 117 of the Criminal Code, with one of the journalists facing 15 years in prison - the longest sentence for this crime till date. This is the attempt by the Vietnamese government to weaponise the law as a way to silence dissent, with 49 bloggers and activists currently in detention just for speaking truth to power!
Manushya Foundation calls on the government of Vietnam to stop criminalising legitimate forms of online expression and media freedom, preventing access to independent information, and forcing self-censorship. We urge the government to protect and promote online freedom, media freedom, online privacy and access to information, according to the international human rights obligations of the country.
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