• Vietnam: Musician released early after serving full six-year prison sentence

    Authorities in Vietnam have released musician Hoang Nhat Thong (real name: Tran Vu Anh Binh) from prison on 21 May 2017, four months before serving out his full six-year prison sentence, reported Radio Free Asia on 22 May 2017. “I feel elated, but now I am like a fish that has been on the shore […]
  • Vietnam: Popular music and censorship

    The Vietnamese state operates a thorough system of music censorship, and the few songwriters who dare to directly challenge the authority of the Vietnamese Communist Party or its policies face serious consequences. Focusing on popular musicians, this article charts the history of music censorship in Vietnam from the mid twentieth century through to the current digital era. […]
  • Vietnam: Release of musician after four years in prison

    Authorities in Vietnam have freed prominent musician Vo Minh Tri from prison after serving his full four-year sentence for writing politically sensitive songs, which he said he has “no regrets” about composing. Tri, a 37-year-old drummer who is also known as Viet Khang, was released early on Sunday 13 December 2015 and driven by police […]
  • Vietnam: Censors keep everyone guessing | Index on Censorship

    Index on Censorship reports from Vietnam: Vietnam’s government keeps cultural activities from web comics to concerts under its watchful eye, for sex as much as sedition. Art, music, pop stars, books, comics, web comics, blogs, foreign news, lifestyle magazines, television subtitles, newspaper articles, research, the findings of market research, unflattering film footage, photographs, song lyrics, […]
  • Vietnam: Musician fined for publishing CD with “depraved contents”

    Ngọc Đại, a prominent experimental musician, was fined 30 million dong (app. US$ 1,500) for publishing and distributing his latest album without permission to do so. 1,000 copies of the album were printed, and almost sold out, before authorities reacted. It features lyrics by poets Bui Chat and Nguyen Dinh Chinh who allegedly are banned […]
  • Vietnam: Two musicians sentenced to four and six years in prison

    NEWS Posted: 30 october 2012.  Updated: ##PagePublishedLong## Vietnam: Two musicians sentenced to four and six years in prison A Vietnamese court convicted two renowned musicians to four and six years imprisonment for anti-state propaganda and links to a banned political group, one of their lawyers said on 30 October 2012. Viet Khang, 34, (real name: […]
  • Freemuse sends appeal letter to president of Vietnam

    CAMPAIGNS ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse sends appeal letter to president of Vietnam _ Email from: FreemuseSent: 5 November 2012 13:13To: Embassy of Vietnam in Denmark Subject: Freemuse appeal – Att: The AmbassadorPriority: High Dear Ambassador, Freemuse is an international organisation with special consultative status to the UN.Please find attached an appeal from Freemuse regarding the imprisonment of two singers in your country. […]
  • Vietnam: British pianist banned from performing

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Vietnam:British pianist banned from performing in Hanoi Award-winning British concert pianist Stephen Hough, one of the most critically admired pianists active today, has had a planned performance in Hanoi cancelled, evidently over his gay identity and forthright views on the Roman Catholic Church Vietnamese officials said they worried about that they cannot guarantee […]
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