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October 27, 2000

His Excellency Khamtay Siphandone
President, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Office of the President
Samsantay Road
Vientiane, Laos

FAX: 856-21-22-36-38

Your Excellency:

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply disturbed by your government's efforts to restrict the exchange of news and information over the Internet.

A notice published in the October 26 edition of the Vientiane Times, a government newspaper, warned people "not to use the Internet in the wrong way" and included a number of rules governing online content. The guidelines had been circulated a few days earlier by the Khao Sane Pathet Lao (KPL) news agency, which stated that those who disregard the rules "will be warned, educated, fined, expelled, or prosecuted according to the law," as reported by The Associated Press.

April 6, 2000

His Excellency Gen. Khamtay Siphandone
President, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Office of the President
Lane Xang Avenue
Vientiane, Laos
VIA FAX: +856-21-214-208


Your Excellency:

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is disturbed by the efforts of Lao authorities to censor news coverage of last week's explosion at a restaurant in the capital city, Vientiane.

Twenty years after the Khmer Rouge genocide, Khmer journalism is showing signs of life.

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