Vietnam land dispute leads to crackdown on social media posts

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A deadly land dispute in Vietnam has led to a crackdown on social media posts, a sign of growing heavy-handedness by authorities as rising demand for land spurs more conflicts across the country, analysts and human rights activists said. This week, authorities said 22 of those arrested would face murder charges, and clamped down on social media posts about the clashes. “Social media is absolutely critical to land rights in Vietnam,” Amnesty’s regional director Nicholas Bequelin told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Thursday. Conflicts over land are common in Vietnam, where farmland was forcibly redistributed in the 1970s during Communist rule in the north. Credit to Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate change.)

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