FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Vietnam’s media is state-owned, its blogs and bloggers monitored and its occasional protests attended by uniformed officers while being filmed by plain-clothes ones. However, if you want a SIM card, and thus a new number, for your mobile phone it is no harder than handing over a few dollars. Unlike much of the rest of the world, including neighbouring Cambodia, no photo ID is required. One international telecommunications expert was amazed at how free Vietnam is compared to other nations, in this one respect at least. Read more in The Economist.
FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — The Vietnamese have never made communications an art form. In a one-party communist state – and there aren’t too many of them left – the state controlled press with the national […]
ASIAWATCH — Endangered species rescued from bile farms could now be evicted by authorities looking more to commerce than conservation, Luke Hunt Reports For years environmentalists have battled official corruption, ignorance and a plain lack of […]
FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — With the world focused on thousands of people left stranded on board rickety fishing boats in waters that divide Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar’s courts turned their attention to the killing of journalist Aung […]