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Vietnam to fine citizens $5,000 for criticizing state on social media

28
Nov
2013

Internet users in Vietnam will now face fines for criticizing the government online, as part of a new law announced this week. As Reuters reports, the law was signed this week by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and explicitly targets users who post comments on social media. Under the measure, people who use social networks to spread propaganda against the state or reactionary ideology will face fines of 100 million dong (about $4,740). Thats a steep sum for many in Vietnam, where the average monthly income is $185, according to recent statistics from the labor ministry.

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