According to a BBC news report on Christmas Eve,
Vietnam has tightened restrictions on internet blogs, banning bloggers from raising subjects the government deems inappropriate.
Blogs should follow Vietnamese law, and be written in “clean and wholesome” language, according to a government document seen by local media.
Apart from the obvious curtailment of legitimate freedoms, what struck me more forcibly was the stipulation that clean and wholesome language was expected. Ironic that this was reported by an organization whose track record on clean and wholesome was somewhat tarnished, especially with the recent Ross and Brand affair.
If the Vietnamese government want some additional support for their mandate, they should look no further than the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians:
Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. (Eph 5:4)
Would that all blogs, everywhere, took these words to heart.