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To the untrained eye. Vietnam looks like it has a flourishing free press, with plenty of newspapers and glossy magazines. However, in reality it is not pos­sible to get a publishing licence unless you are affiliated to the communist party. As many in media say, there is no censorship in Vietnam, only self-censorship. Newspapers and magazines that cross the line are periodically closed down, sometimes for good. TV is even more tightly controlled, al­though the advent of satellite TV and the internet have made it much easier to get unbiased information from overseas. Vietnam uses the same technology as China to block access to (politically) undesirable websites.