Vietnam rebuffs criticism of 'misunderstood' web decree
HANOI (REUTERS) - Vietnam rejected criticism by the United States and leading internet firms like Google and Yahoo! on Tuesday over a controversial internet decree it said had been misunderstood and did not breach human rights.
The US Embassy in Hanoi and a coalition of major internet groups derided Vietnam's Decree 72, which takes effect on Sept. 1, saying it curbed freedom of speech and restricted information people can share on social media.
The law demands all foreign websites have at least one server in Vietnam, which would give greater control of content to a government that media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders has described as an "enemy of the Internet".
The Asia Internet Coalition, formed by eBay, Facebook, Google and Yahoo!, said the decree would"negatively affect Vietnam's Internet ecosystem" and deter foreign investors.