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  • 28 April 2016

    New Vietnam Access Law Criticized

    The following report was published by the group Viet Tan (English version, French). “The mission of Viet Tan is to overcome dictatorship, build the foundation for a sustainable democracy, and demand justice and human rights for the Vietnamese people through a nonviolent struggle based on civic participation.” The Access to Information Law, passed on April […]

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  • 6 April 2016

    Vietnam Assembly Passes Access to Information Law

    The Vietnamese National Assembly on April 6 approved an access to information law, according to an April 6 VNExpress article by Hoang Thuy, Vo Hai and Vuong Anh. The law was backed by 437 of the 448 deputies who cast their votes. Now that the National Assembly has adopted it, the government and Ministry of […]

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News Archive

  • 11 November 2015

    Draft Vietnam RTI Law Rated Low on International Scale

    The Centre for Law and Democracy has rated a draft right to information in Vietnam as earning 59 points out of a possible 150 on the RTI Rating scale. Nevertheless, the Canadian-based organization praised as “heartening” the effort to pass a law. Approval by the National Assembly is expected in 2016, CLD said. But the […]

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  • 10 September 2014

    Bloggers in Vietnam Support Right to Information

    Vietnamese bloggers and activists posted a statement on Facebook Sept. 2 pushing for the right to know. “Freedom of expression is closely linked to the right to access information,” the bloggers wrote. They said “every person has the right to receive information from the government such as national policies, activities by government offices and/or the […]

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  • 17 March 2009

    International Donors Engage Vietnam on Press Freedom

    International donors are encouraging the Vietnamese government to improve the environment for the media there after a widely condemned year of repression. Whether the unusual behind-the-scenes pressure makes a difference remains to be seen, but the coordinated action may be a precursor to further international pressure on this front, long considered highly sensitive. International donors […]

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  • 18 January 2008

    Zoellick Orders Release of World Bank Report on Corruption in India Projects

    World Bank President Robert Zoellick ordered the disclosure recently of a World Bank investigation showing “serious incidents” of fraud and corruption in five Bank projects in India. It was the first time the Bank had disclosed a “Detailed Implementation Review,” conducted by the Department of Institutional Integrity.  His action was praiseed by Transparency International-USA. A […]

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  • 17 January 2003

    The Philippines: A Liberal Information Regime Even Without an Information Law

    Yvonne T. Chua has been the training director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) since 1995. As journalism trainer, she has trained scores of journalists in the Philippines and abroad, including Indonesia, Cambodia and Nepal. In 1999, she won the first prize in the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Investigative Journalism for her […]

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Constitution (2013) (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance translation) (Vietnam News version)

Law on Access to Information (2016) (unofficial translation of Aug. 7, 2015, version)



Measuring Openness

Global Right to Information Rating
A country-by-country rating of laws by the Centre for Democracy and Law and Access Info.

Freedom House
The Freedom in the World report.

World Bank
Worldwide Governance Indicators

Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index
Measures perceptions of the degree of corruption.

Reporters Without Borders
The Press Freedom Index.