News Summary: Vietnam blogger arrested

News Summary: Vietnamese police arrest blogger for criticism; minister warns of dissent

Associated Press

POSTED CRITICISM: Vietnamese police arrested one of the country's best known bloggers for posting criticism of the communist government.

CRACKDOWN ON DISSENT: The arrest of Pham Viet Dao, 61, intensifies a crackdown against Internet-fuelled dissent in the one-party, authoritarian state. It also indicates the level of concern in the Communist Party over the threat posed by Internet activism.

NO MORE MONOPOLY: Up until a few years ago, the party had a monopoly on information in the country. Now, scores of blogs and Facebook accounts report gleefully on its failings and internal feuding, reaching millions of people and helping spread anger at its long rule.

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