6 October 1997


New decree limits contact between local and foreign journalists

Incident details

legal action

(RSF/IFEX) - On 6 October 1997, the authorities in Vietnam published a
decree which tightens their grip on the media by limiting contacts between
local journalists and foreign correspondents. Vietnamese journalists have
been barred from providing foreign reporters with information, photographs
and articles without the approval of the authorities. Under the new policy,
foreign news bureaus are also banned from hiring local journalists.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to His Excellency Do Muoi:

  • expressing grave concern at the deterioration of press freedom in Vietnam
  • requesting that all possible steps be immediately taken to guarantee the
    free flow of information between local journalists and foreign reporters
  • urging that he do everything in his power to ensure that freedom of the
    press in Vietnam is safeguarded

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Do Muoi
    Secretary General
    The Vietnamese Communist Party
    Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
    Fax: +84 4 259 205 (or try +84 4 459 205)

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris
    rsf (@) rsf.org
    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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