Tag: vietnam

by Julie Keck

1. Yahoo CEO Mayer: We faced jail time if we revealed NSA surveillance secrets (Guardian) 2. Tina Brown to leave The Daily Beast and publishing (New York Times) 3. NAA will stop releasing quarterly ad revenue figures, which have consistently declined (Poynter) 4. Vietnam’s Internet censorship bill goes into effect (Electronic Frontier Foundation) 5. BuzzFeed [...] more »

by Simon Roughneen

PENANG — “Reactionary group leader sentenced to life in jail” ran the headlines in Vietnam’s government-linked press earlier this week. Such coverage sheds light on how the media works in the one-party state where online writing has filled a void. In state-run mainstream media, topics such as power struggles within the ruling Communist Party and [...] more »

by Simon Roughneen

RANGOON, Burma — It is a sign of the times that a journalist in Burma is writing about a freedom of expression clampdown in a neighboring country. With around 80 political prisoners freed in another amnesty on September 17 and with new Information Minister Aung Kyi announcing that the recently formed country’s press council would [...] more »

by Anne Nelson

Last October, I had the opportunity to spend almost three weeks traveling through Vietnam, from Ha Long Bay to the Mekong Delta. The breakfast rooms I dined in were always stocked with copies of the government-run English-language daily, the Viet Nam News — and on its sunny front page, the news is always good. One [...] more »

by Clothilde Le Coz

Click here to read all the year-end roundups Despite some good PR for online freedom this year, online censorship grew and became more subtle in 2010. Online propaganda remains strong within countries like China and Iran, where media censorship is everywhere and the governments have mastered online censorship tools. These countries are as efficient as [...] more »

by Simon Roughneen

Social Media content on MediaShift is sponsored by the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships, a program offering innovative and entrepreneurial journalists the resources of Stanford University and Silicon Valley. Learn more here. HANOI, VIETNAM – Inside one of Hanoi’s more than 3,000 online gaming houses, gamers clad in coats and scarves pass the hours shooting [...] more »

by Lucie Morillon

In Vietnam, speaking out against the government can come with a hefty price. Blogger Dieu Cay (“the Peasant Water Pipe”) — or Nguyen Van Haias in real life — is learning this the hard way. The 56-year-old man is serving a 30-month jail sentence on a trumped-up charge of tax fraud, a poor excuse for [...] more »