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Vietnam: BBC External Services

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the contribution made by the BBC World Service Vietnamese service in promoting democracy and human rights in Vietnam. (205419)

[holding answer 13 May 2008]: The BBC Vietnamese Service was assessed as part of a periodical regional review of South East Asia in October 2006. The service scored highly for its valued, impartial, uncensored coverage of Vietnamese domestic issues. The content on the BBC’s Vietnamese Service, both on radio and online, has included features on democracy and human rights.