“Because of their age and ill health, Reporters Without Borders urges the government to be lenient with two cyber-dissidents in their 60s who are facing possible imprisonment for urging Vietnamese to follow the example of pro-democracy demonstrators in the Middle East. Their poor health would only be exacerbated if they were sent back to jail.
They are Nguyen Dan Que, 69, an independent journalist, who has been charged with anti-government propaganda and Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest and human rights activist, 64, who has a brain tumour and whose very worrying condition would inevitably suffer if he had to resume serving an existing jail sentence.”
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“Because of their age and ill health, Reporters Without Borders urges the government to be lenient with two cyber-dissidents in their 60s who are facing possible imprisonment for urging Vietnamese to follow the example of pro-democracy demonstrators in the Middle East.
“We are dismayed to see that arrests and harassment of democracy advocates are continuing,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Worried about possible contagion from the protests in the Maghreb and Middle East and obsessed with protecting stability at all cost, Hanoi is determined to silence its outspoken citizens and reinforce online censorship.”
Sixteen other netizens are currently detained in Vietnam for expressing their views freely online.”
“WASHINGTON — Just days after launching Twitter feeds in Arabic and Farsi to communicate directly with people in the Middle East, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday that the State Department would begin sending messages in Chinese, Russian and Hindi.
Clinton, in a speech on Internet freedom at George Washington University here, said the United States is “committed to continuing our conversation with people around the world.”
Clinton singled out China, Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, Syria and Vietnam as countries which practice censorship or restrict access to the Internet.”
“For the past decade, those who used the Internet to report the news might have assumed that the technological edge was in their favor. But online journalists now face more than just the standard risks to those working in dangerous conditions. They find themselves victims of new attacks unique to the new medium.
Ronald Deibert and Nart Villeneuve of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, in partnership with computer security consultants at the SecDev Group, have conducted some of the most detailed postmortems of online attacks on the press, including the malware sent to Chinese foreign correspondents, and a forthcoming examination of Burma’s DDOS incidents. Their academic work firmly states that they cannot connect such events directly to the Chinese or Burmese states. Deibert says the evidence they have collected does show, however, that both attacks utilized techniques and strategies common to petty cyber-criminals, including individual “hackers” who work simply for the thrill of bringing down a highly visible, but vulnerable target.”
“Hanoi – Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its World Report 2011 released Tuesday condemned Vietnam for intensifying its repression of activists and dissidents during 2010 and cracking down on freedoms of expression, association and assembly.
HRW said bloggers, human rights defenders, workers’ rights activists, democracy and anti-corruption campaigners faced intimidation, arrest, torture and imprisonment.”
“Vietnam has issued a new decree regulating the activities of journalists and bloggers that includes provision for fines of up to 40 million dong (2,000 dollars) in a country in which the average salary is 126 dollars.
‘The government is demonstrating its determination to tighten its grip on news and information just as the ruling Communist Party is holding its congress,’ Reporters Without Borders said. ‘This decree is trying to apply the censorship already in force for traditional media to blogs.’ ”
“Cambodia was among 25 countries whose freedom levels plunged in 2010 amid an erosion of civil rights and political liberties in the tightly-ruled Southeast Asian state, according to an annual survey released Thursday by global watchdog Freedom House.
In China, Freedom House was critical of the Communist Party’s massive censorship campaign, especially online, to try to limit the circulation of information about Nobel laureate Liu, Cook said. The report highlighted Internet censorship, violent forced evictions, questionable judicial procedures pointing to political intervention, the enforced disappearance of rights lawyers, and new regulations curtailing the activities of NGOs as major obstacles to freedom this year in the world’s most populous nation.”
From Radio Free Asia
“In the wake of several hacker attacks against a major government-run news website, the Vietnamese government has unveiled a 10-year plan to boost cybersecurity, according to Asia Pacific Future Gov.
The plan, which will run from 2010 to 2020, has a budget of $42 million to strengthen the country’s cyber infrastructure and implement a legal framework to tackle Internet-based crime.”
From The New New Internet
“WASHINGTON – Political bloggers in Vietnam are being victimized by cyberattacks designed to block their websites, a sign of the widening use of targeted hacking to stifle government dissent worldwide, according to a new analysis by U.S. computer experts.
More than 15,000 infected computers are involved in the attack on just a handful of websites, and a “group of young people of Vietnam” has claimed responsibility for hacking into several of the websites previously and are suspected in the current attack. The attack coincides with a police crackdown in Vietnam on bloggers critical of the government.”
From The Canadian Press
“The Vietnamese government has responded to the internet boom with a new law obliging any place that provides public access to the internet – cafes, hotels, businesses – to install monitoring software. The law will enable the authorities to track who is doing what online.
Human rights groups, including Viettan and Reporters Without Borders, say that the government is simply trying to restrict public access to information. The new regulations, they say, amount to state censorship.”
From BBC News