Vietnamese government destroys "poisonous cultural goods"

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Date: 1997

Region: Asia

Subject:Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Music, Print Journalism, Literature

Artist: Various

Confronting Bodies: Ho Chi Minh City authorities

Date of Action: December 11th, 1997

Location: Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

Description of Artwork: Articles considered "poisonous cultural goods."

The Incident: In December 1997, Ho Chi Minh City authorities destroyed 15 metric tons of CDs, magazines and books that it considered "poisonous cultural goods." The event was part of a campaign to stop the circulation of what the government considers "unhealthy" culture.

Results of Incident: The Vietnamese government continues to impose controls on its citizen's freedom of expression and media.

Source: Index on Censorship, Volume 24:2/1998