Singers face ban for slanderous remarks on Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City authorities are proposing a ban on several overseas Vietnamese singers for their slanderous remarks that have stained the image of the country.

The municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will send a list of singers who face a ban, to the Performing Arts Department of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism this week.

The move follows the recent release of a DVD in the US by the Asia Centre that contains negative comments on Vietnam.

Vo Trong Nam, deputy director of the Performing Arts Department, said on January 30 that the overseas Vietnamese singers who participated in the US-based Asia Entertainment Inc’s latest DVD, slandered Vietnamese political affairs, and should be banned from performing in Vietnam.
Nam asserted that anyone who violates Vietnamese law will be banned from performing in the country. “We’re still considering and waiting for a final appraisal. We will propose a ban on domestic performances for any overseas Vietnamese singers who have expressed negative views about the country.”

The Performing Arts Department has told the press that they would not license several singers who performed in the DVD.

The City People’s Committee had previously instructed its agencies to stringently penalize the circulation and duplication of the DVD and persuade people not to buy products made by Asia Entertainment Inc. which was founded in 1981.

All of Asia Entertainment Inc DVDs being circulated in Vietnam are duplicated and sold illegally.

The local singers who made an appearance in the DVD will also be disciplined.

Information on names of the domestic singers who may be disciplined has not yet been made available.

However, rumors said overseas Vietnamese singers who may be subjected to such a ban include Thanh Tuyen, Tuan Vu, Manh Dinh, Gia Huy, Quang Minh and Hong Dao.

The period of time for which the ban will be valid has yet to be determined.

Source SGGP, translated by MT

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