The Communist Party has a strong grip on the media. The Ministry of Culture and Information controls the press and broadcasting.
Media outlets and journalists risk sanctions for broaching sensitive topics and for criticising the government. But some press titles and online outlets do report on corruption in official circles.
The authorities maintain a tight grip on the media
TV is the dominant medium. State-run Vietnam Television (VTV) broadcasts from Hanoi. There is a growing pay TV industry, which includes the K+ satellite platform.
State-run Voice of Vietnam (VoV) has six radio networks, including VoV 5 with programmes in English, French and Russian.
There are hundreds of newspapers and magazines. The best-selling dailies are Tuoi Tre and Thanh Nien, which are run by youth organizations in Ho Chi Minh City.
There were nearly 31 million internet users by March 2012 (InternetWorldStats.com). Material deemed obscene is filtered, as are opposition sites. ISPs occasionally block access to Facebook.
Zing Me is a leading, domestically-owned gaming and social networking platform. Another social media site, Go.vn, is run by the state broadcaster.
Most social networking is non-political, with activists tending to favour blogging. There has been "massive" use of cyber attacks to silence dissent, and blogging "has become dangerous", says RSF. Nineteen internet users were behind bars as of January 2012, RSF reported.
- Nhan Dan - Communist Party daily, English-language pages
- Vietnam Economic Times - English-language pages
- Le Courrier du Vietnam - French-language
- Vietnam News - state-run, English-language daily
- Tuoi Tre - daily, published by Communist Youth Union, English-language website
- Thanh Nien - daily, published by Vietnam Youth Federation, English-language website
- The Saigon Times - business weekly, English-language website
- VTV - Vietnam Television
- Voice of Vietnam - operates national networks and an external service
- Dai Tieng Noi Nhan Dan - Ho Chi Minh City