Censorship fears grow in Vietnam as cybersecurity law looms

Motorcyclists wearing protective masks sit in traffic in Hanoi. Vietnam is tightening its grip on Internet freedoms by rolling out a highly controversial cybersecurity law that requires Internet companies to remove content deemed ‘anti-state’, mere months ahead of the country’s National Congress in January, which gathers only every five years. — Bloomberg

As Vietnam prepares for its National Congress in January – a time known for clampdowns of government critics – it is also rolling out a controversial cybersecurity bill.

The coming months promise to be a highly sensitive period in Vietnam, with journalists and activists fearing increasing censorship.

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