Vietnam has just passed a new law banning blogs and social media from discussing news, politics and current affairs. Henceforth, Facebook and Twitter users in Vietnam can only publish mindless posts about what they ate for breakfast and photos of their cats. So not a huge impact perhaps.
Is it important? In China (another one party communist state), the economy is booming, so do human rights and free speech matter that much?
What do you think? But before you answer I must inform you that if you give the wrong answer, you will be arrested and imprisoned without trial.
Do you think that’s acceptable? But before you answer I must remind you that if you give the wrong answer, you will be arrested and imprisoned without trial.
I recently visited Berlin, the city that was divided for 30 years by the Wall. It’s a stark reminder of the true value of freedom. In East Berlin, anyone who gave the wrong answer would be arrested and imprisoned without trial. People were so desperate to leave East Germany (yet another one party communist state) that over a hundred were shot and killed as they tried to escape over the wall. A visit to Berlin should really be essential for anyone with an interest in politics or who wonders how we can make the world a better place.
So I’ll ask you one last time. Does free speech matter?