Vietnam seeks to monitor customers at Internet cafes

“Increasing numbers of people use the Internet and are able to see sharp differences between Vietnamese and foreign news reports, particularly of events in Vietnam… young people could access pornographic material on the Internet, but that the ministry was more worried about the spread of state secrets and “reactionary” documents… In March, a Vietnamese doctor, Pham Hong Son, was arrested for translating and circulating on the Internet an article about democracy taken from a U.S. State Department Internet site.” Son is “still in detention.” This, despite the fact that “Vietnam’s constitution provides for freedom of speech and the press.”

Also, “All TV stations in Vietnam are operated by the government.” I figured that out after watching about five minutes of Vietnamese television: only the Vietnamese government could produce programming so drab and cookie cutter. Well… the Vietnamese government or Hollywood… it’s a toss up, really.