April 15, 2013 12:28 PM ET – On Thursday, April 18, the European Parliament will discuss Vietnam’s human rights in a plenary session. At the top of the agenda will be freedom of expression. Over the weekend, CPJ’s Brussels-based Senior Adviser Jean-Paul Marthoz blogged about the issues the parliament must confront in Le Soir.
Marthoz argues that because Vietnam has met with economic success and because its prolonged fight for independence drew international empathy, the country’s human rights policies have not been subject to appropriate criticism and scrutiny from European Union members.
He frequently cites Shawn Crispin’s September 2012 special report for CPJ, “Vietnam’s press freedom shrinks despite open economy.” Crispin has been writing consistently onVietnam (and the rest of Southeast Asia) for almost a decade for CPJ. His most recent work includes a chapter in the 2013 edition of Attacks on the Press focused on Internet censorship in three Asia countries, particularly Vietnam, and news alerts on the case ofLe Anh Hung as well as on the harsh sentencing in January of five bloggers. Continue reading