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Vietnam Tightens Internet Controls

December 4, 1998

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) _ A special committee will be set up in Ho Chi Minh City to inspect the use of Internet services and possibly place restrictions on them, the Liberated Saigon newspaper reported Friday.

The committee will direct the use of Internet services according to the government’s guidelines, the paper said.

The city’s Communist Party organization and the municipal People’s Committee decided at a recent meeting to revamp the use of Internet services, including ``correcting mistakes and bias,″ the paper said without elaborating.

They also assigned the police and the Culture Department to outline plans to stop ``negative″ information on the Internet, the paper said.

A year ago, the central government decided to allow the use of Internet services after consideration that negative information could flow into the country.

About 15,000 people are using the Internet in Ho Chi Minh City from the city’s five service providers.

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