If you think China’s tough on cyber-dissidents, check out Vietnam

A shocking report from Amnesty Intenational makes China’s control of the Internet seem downright tame.

In Viet Nam, clicking on the ‘send’ button carries the risk of being sent to prison and having your friends and family put under 24 hour surveillance.

While the internet has given those critical of the government a place to express their opinions, the Vietnamese authorities have become very sophisticated in tracing their electronic footsteps and arresting and imprisoning them.

The report says Vietnam has already sentenced “at least 10 people to long prison terms for criticising the government online and emailing overseas Vietnamese groups.”

Also worth nothing: Amnesty International is setting up a new Web site dedicated to human rights abuses in the Asia Pacific.

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