The Vietnamese government must allow the media to operate freely. This is essential to the country’s continued economic and political liberalization, and to the Communist Party’s efforts to regain the support of the people, which it needs for the sake of its own survival.
Vietnam’s media landscape has changed significantly during the past five years, and the Communist Party has lost much of its control over the industry, with disastrous consequences.
There are now hundreds of official media outlets, all owned by the government, and all controlled by the Ministry of Information and Communications and its local counterparts. All senior editors are appointed, after careful vetting, by the government and the Communist Party.… Seguir leyendo »