Overseas singers face ban for slanderous remarks

The Department of Performing Arts under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced on Thursday that the ministry was determined to ban singers who had made slanderous comments about the country.

Anyone who slanders the image of the country deserves to be banned from performing in the country.

Mr. Nguyen Thanh Chuong, representative of the department, told the media that the government had given a license to allow singers and actors abroad to perform in Vietnam; however, some of them still participated in activities that maligned the Communist Party of Vietnam.

Hence, the government is determined not to allow them to perform in Vietnam.

The period of time for which the ban will be valid has yet to be determined. The government has allowed singers living overseas to perform in the country, but these singers and actors should not malign the country. 

Their behavior not only affects their performance in the homeland but also makes them face boycott from audiences, he added.

Mr. Chuong’s office is scrutinizing the contents of the DVDs made by US-based Asia Entertainment, which slanders Vietnamese political affairs. If singers had not done or said anything to harm the image of the country, they will escape ban or disciplinary action. The Department and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will review all cases.

Last but not least, Mr. Chuong said, he wants to advise those working in the arts field that they should respect the image of their country above all.

By Vinh Xuan - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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