The Ministry of Information and Communications has ordered a website to shut down for a month for carrying a piece written that denigrates the women of the northern port city of Hai Phong.
Megafun, a website owned by VASC Software and Media Company – an affiliate of the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), was also fined VND60 million (US$2,680).
According to Hoang Vinh Bao, director of the Broadcast and Electronic Information Department, the website ran the Vietnamese story with the title roughly translated as “If I have a son, I'll forbid him from falling in love with a Hai Phong girl.”
"The publishing of the story also represented a violation of the website’s license to aggregate information. The story also undermined unity policy but at a degree insufficient for criminal charges," Bao said.
On the same day, the information ministry also fined the website baomoi.com VND10 million for running the same story.
More than two months ago, another website was also suspended and fined for running a story describing the young women of Vietnam's Mekong Delta provinces as “sizzling, submissive and stupid."
Tri Thuc Tre (http://ttvn.vn), a website attached to the Vietnam Association of Young Scientists & Engineers, was also fined VND201 million (US$9,500).
On August 12, 2014 the site ran the story, titled Mekong Delta Girls and the Three Famous Ns. The author claimed to be a well-experienced northerner and made rude remarks about the typical characteristics of women from the Mekong Delta, commonly referred as the West of Vietnam.
The three "N"s referred to: “ngon, ngoan và ngu” (sizzling, submissive and stupid).