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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Vietnam's new rules - IPR protection or free speech prohibition?

A new Decree 72  comes into effect next month, which according to the Vietnam government is intended to protect IPRs and curb copying. However there are allegedly more sinister motives behind the rules. The new Decree states that individuals may not “quote general information ... from newspapers, press agencies, or other state-owned websites.”   All news media in Vietnam are in general owned and/or controlled by the government.

Commentators see this as a prohibition on social media republication such as sharing others' posts, retweeting, political blogging and so on.  The Committee to Protect Journalists’s Southeast Asia branch and the US embassy have both weighed in to criticise the Decree.


 

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