Explaining the extreme paranoia of the Communist Party of Vietnam
The censorship of an article by a small Middle Eastern think tank offers insights into the party’s greatest sensitivities.
Climate of fear engulfs Vietnam’s mainstream media
A fear-cloaked dynamic has increasingly percolated Vietnam’s information environment, in both cyberspace and the mainstream media.
Artist forced to destroy paintings for ‘unlicensed exhibition’
The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City decided to fine painter Bui Quang Vien VND25 million ($1,068) and ordered him to destroy 29 paintings for an “unlicensed exhibition.”
Vietnam lures Hollywood crews but censorship hangs over film sector
One-party state’s Cinema Law bans ‘reactionary ideas and social evils’
Banned movies spark debate about film censorship
The banning of a few films has provoked ideas about how to improve local film censorship, from better classification to eliminating censorship altogether.
Vietnam’s own ‘Lady Gaga’ is a controversial singer who is barred from performing at home
Vietnamese pop star Mai Khoi sings about censorship and human rights. It’s gotten her in trouble with the authorities in Vietnam.