Foreign news organization complies with strict screening and editing requirements More than two and a half years after Vietnam officially decided that foreign TV programs need to undergo an editing process, CNN is finally set to comply with a delayed and amended version of the controversial rule. “CNN is currently finalizing a number of operational and commercial arrangements with its local agent and looks forward to continue operating in Vietnam,” a CNN spokesperson told Vietweek. Trinh Long Vu, chief editor of the pay-TV department at Vietnam Television (VTV), said all negotiations with CNN have been completed and the foreign news channel will obtain a required “editing license” soon. “There is no unsolved problem. The license is expected to be issued in the next couple of days,” he said. VTV has been assigned to screen programming from foreign channels before it is broadcast in Vietnam, including CNN. The other agency responsible for the task is Vietnam News Agency. Screening problem Prior to CNN’s compliance, local media reported conflicts between the channel and Vietnamese agencies regarding the screening of its programs. On October 17, The Saigon Times Online reported that CNN may be forced to pull out of the Vietnamese pay-TV market…
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