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Freedom of Information in Vietnam Act (english)
14 Mar 2003
Join ANSWER, and the rest and say goodbye to your freedoms... but
don't cry to me when you finally find out you been "DUPED".

Vietnam is a classic example.
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Join ANSWER, and the rest and say goodbye to your freedoms... but don't cry to me when you finally find out you been "DUPED". Vietnam is a classic example.
(Proposed bill aims to counter radio, Internet jamming) (850)

A conservative Republican congressman and a liberal Democratic
lawmaker have joined forces to sponsor legislation that aims to
overcome jamming of Radio Free Asia in Vietnam and attempts by the
communist government there to block access to the Internet.

Representative Edward Royce (Republican of California), a member of
the House International Relations Subcommittee on Asia and the
Pacific, introduced H.R. 1019 February 27 into the House of
Representatives.

Cosponsoring the bill was Representative Zoe Lofgren (Democrat of
California), a long-time supporter of Vietnamese-Americans in her
congressional district who was named the 1998 Legislator of the Year
by the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce there.

The proposed bill, known as The Freedom of Information in Vietnam Act
of 2003, was referred to the House International Relations Committee
for action.

The lawmakers say the Hanoi regime has "failed to meet its obligations
as a signatory to the United Nations International Covenant on Civil
and Political Rights, which ensures that citizens of Vietnam are free
'to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas of all kinds.'"

Vietnam's communist government, H.R. 1019 states, "systematically jams
broadcasts by Radio Free Asia and blocks its Internet site."

While the people of Vietnam have the right to information, the
lawmakers say in their bill, Hanoi is taking "active measures to keep
its citizens from freely accessing the Internet and obtaining
international and domestic political, religious, and economic news and
information."

The bill would authorize $4 million in the next two fiscal years for
surrogate radio broadcasting to Vietnam by Radio Free Asia.

H.R. 1019 would also authorize $1,700,000 for fiscal year 2004 and
$1,600,000 for the fiscal year 2005 to counter the jamming of the
Internet by Vietnam's communist rulers.

Following is the text of H.R. 1019 from the Congressional Record:

(begin text)

Freedom of Information in Vietnam Act of 2003

Introduced in House

HR 1019 IH
108th CONGRESS
1st Session

H. R. 1019

To promote the freedom of information in Vietnam.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 27, 2003

Mr. ROYCE (for himself and Ms. LOFGREN) introduced the following bill;
which was referred to the Committee on International Relations

A BILL

To promote the freedom of information in Vietnam.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION. 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Freedom of Information in Vietnam Act of
2003'.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following:

(1) Vietnam has failed to meet its obligations as a signatory to the
United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
which ensures that citizens of Vietnam are free `to seek, receive, and
impart information and ideas of all kinds'.

(2) The Government of Vietnam continues to restrict all forms of
media.

(3) The Government of Vietnam systematically jams broadcasts by Radio
Free Asia and blocks its Internet site.

(4) Radio Free Asia is an independent broadcast service funded by the
United States in order to provide objective news and information to
the people of countries in Asia whose governments deny the right to
freedom of _expression and of the press.

(5) Unrestricted access to news and information is a check on
repressive rule by Vietnam's authoritarian regime.

(6) The Government of Vietnam is taking active measures to keep its
citizens from freely accessing the Internet and obtaining
international and domestic political, religious, and economic news and
information.

SEC. 3. RADIO FREE ASIA TRANSMISSIONS TO VIETNAM.

(a) POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES- It is the policy of the United States
to take such measures as are necessary to overcome the jamming of
Radio Free Asia by the Government of Vietnam.

(b) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS-

(1) BROADCASTING CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS- In addition to such sums as are
otherwise authorized to be appropriated for `Broadcasting Capital
Improvements', there are authorized to be appropriated for
`Broadcasting Capital Improvements' $10,000,000 for the fiscal year
2004 to carry out the policy under subsection (a).

(2) INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING OPERATIONS- In addition to such sums as
are otherwise authorized to be appropriated for `International
Broadcasting Operations', there are authorized to be appropriated for
`International Broadcasting Operations' $4,000,000 for each of the
fiscal years 2004 and 2005 for surrogate radio broadcasting to Vietnam
by Radio Free Asia.

SEC. 4. DEVELOPMENT OF PILOT PROJECT TO DEFEAT INTERNET JAMMING AND
CENSORSHIP BY THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT.

(a) ESTABLISHMENT OF PILOT PROJECT- There is established in the
International Broadcasting Bureau a pilot project to develop and
implement a strategy to combat State-sponsored Internet jamming and
persecution of persons who use the Internet by the Government of
Vietnam.

(b) AUTHORIZED ACTIVITY- Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated
for the Broadcasting Board of Governors for the fiscal years 2004 and
2005, $1,700,000 for fiscal year 2004 and $1,600,000 for the fiscal
year 2005 is authorized to be made available to counter the jamming of
the Internet in Vietnam.

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