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Censorship tactics overshadow Vietnam’s successful COVID-19 response

The pandemic has offered an opportunity for the police state to flex its muscles

Public security forces controlling public opinion

According to one state-owned newspaper, by the end of March, 700 individuals had already been fined by the public security forces, who operate under the Ministry of Public Security, for expressions related to the coronavirus.

Criticizing the state as a criminal offense

Whilst so-called panic-mongering has mostly been targeted with fines, criticism of the state during the pandemic has resulted in jail time in some instances.



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