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Vietnam PM Orders Fresh Crackdown on Bloggers

13 September 2012

Vietnam’s prime minister has ordered a fresh crackdown on bloggers who post articles critical of the government. The country’s communist rulers do not allow freedom of expression or the media, but have been struggling against dissent being propagated over the Internet. A government statement late Wednesday named three blog sites it accused of “publishing distorted and fabricated articles” against the leadership. It said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had ordered police and to investigate the sites and bring offenders to justice. At least five journalists and 19 bloggers are being held on various charges in Vietnam.—AP

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