The popular news website truoi news Online was suspended after the press authority concluded that it had published “false”, and “nationally distributing” content.
This was announced late Monday night by Luu Dinh Phuc, director of the press office under the Ministry of Information and Communications.
In an article entitled “The President of Vietnam agrees to issue a demonstration law” published on June 19, the news server quoted President Tran Dai Quang as saying that he agreed with the need for a demonstration law and told the National Assembly.
What is the reason for the website’s suspension?
This content is “unreal” and has “serious consequences,” the news agency said. The article is taken from the web. In another article on highway planning in South Vietnam, published on May 26, 2017, the reader’s response to “national distribution” may have remained on the website.
The decision ordered Tuoi Tre Online to correct its content, apologize to its readers, pay a fine of 220 million VND ($ 9,800) and suspend publication for three months, starting Monday.
Other printed editions of Tuoi Tre, including Tuoi Tre, Tuoi Tre Cuoi Tuan, and Tuoi Tre Cuoi, will be published regularly.
What is the history behind Tuoi Tre?
Tuoi Tre, founded in 1975 by Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, is one of the most popular news publications in Vietnam. Its Vietnamese online edition was officially approved in 2008.
An article about their demonstration law came out when Vietnamese authorities arrested people who supported the violence during protests against the Special Economic Zones Bill. Protests erupted in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and some provinces on June 10 and 11, when people allegedly opposed a provision that would allow foreign investors to rent land for 99 years. The bill, which will be passed in June, was postponed for further discussion in October.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck, and distorted truoi news information about the bill. Six Vietnamese were sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for violations during protests in the central province of Binh Thuan. A U.S. citizen who participated in the HCMC protest is due to settle this Friday.
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