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Vietnam: Two writers released on amnesty, one remains imprisoned

27 March 2014

PEN International reported that the two writers and activists Dinh Dang Dinh and Nguyen Huu Cau were released under an amnesty, while poet, essayist and scholar Nguyen Van Ly remains imprisoned. Writer and activist Nguyen Huu Cau and blogger and environmental activist Dinh Dang Dinh were released from prison on …

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Artist Alert: November 2013 | Article 19

6 December 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 5 December 2013: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has …

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Vietnam: UN call for greater freedom of expression

3 December 2013

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on cultural rights Farida Shaheed says it’s time for the Vietnamese government to ensure better freedom of expression in order to prevent artists from being arbitrarily punished, harassed or detained. The UN human rights expert has just returned from a fact-finding visit to Vietnam where she …

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Vietnam: Censors keep everyone guessing | Index on Censorship

14 November 2013

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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 …

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Vietnam: Musician fined for publishing CD with “depraved contents”

31 July 2013

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 …

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Artist Alert: June 2013 | Article 19

17 July 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published at article19.org on 17 July 2013: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has …

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Vietnam: Film censorship upsets and confuses film producers

15 April 2013

Producing movies on a big budget in Vietnam is risky because the regulations on censorship are general and vague. Vietnamese film makers keep feeling the “fear” of the censorship scissors, reported VietNamNet Bridge. The movie ‘Cho Lon’s Gangsters’ was suspended and may be banned from screening in local cinemas if …

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Vietnam: Fears for the health of imprisoned writer

2 April 2013

 RAPID ACTION NETWORK • 28 March 2013  PEN International is seriously concerned for the health of writer and activist Nguyen Huu Cau, who is seriously ill and denied adequate medical care in the prison camp where he is serving a life-time sentence for his critical writings. PEN International protests his …

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Freemuse sends appeal letter to president of Vietnam

5 November 2012

      _ Email from: Freemuse Sent: 5 November 2012 13:13 To: Embassy of Vietnam in Denmark <embvndk@hotmail.com> Subject: Freemuse appeal – Att: The Ambassador Priority: 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 …

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Vietnam: Two musicians sentenced to four and six years in prison

5 November 2012

  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: Vo Minh Tri) was given a four-year prison term while Hoang Nhat …

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