Vietnam bloggers flirt with danger

[AP] Last September, when police clashed with Catholic protesters over confiscated church land, the Vietnamese public did not need to rely on the sanitised accounts in the state-controlled media. They could read all about it on the blogs.The photos and translated Western news reports about outlawed prayer vigils were posted in a Vietnamese blogosphere where anything goes – from drugs, sex and Aids to blunt criticism of the communist Government.Until now the Government has generally taken a hands-off attitude. But officials at the Ministry of Information and Communications seem to be losing patience. They are preparing new rules that would restrict blogs to personal matters – meaning no politics. court upholds blogger’s jail term [AFP]
An appeals court in communist Vietnam on Thursday upheld a blogger’s two-and-a-half-year jail sentence for tax fraud in a case media watchdog groups have said was politically motivated.

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