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H.R. 101 (ih) To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish and expand programs relating to science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education, and for other purposes. [Introduced in House] ...
H. R. 1019
To promote the freedom of information in Vietnam.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 27, 2003
Mr. Royce (for himself and Ms. Lofgren) introduced the following bill;
which was referred to the Committee on International Relations
To promote the freedom of information in Vietnam.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION. 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Freedom of Information in Vietnam
Act of 2003''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following:
(1) Vietnam has failed to meet its obligations as a
signatory to the United Nations International Covenant on Civil
and Political Rights, which ensures that citizens of Vietnam
are free ``to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas
of all kinds''.
(2) The Government of Vietnam continues to restrict all
forms of media.
(3) The Government of Vietnam systematically jams
broadcasts by Radio Free Asia and blocks its Internet site.
(4) Radio Free Asia is an independent broadcast service
funded by the United States in order to provide objective news
and information to the people of countries in Asia whose
governments deny the right to freedom of expression and of the
(5) Unrestricted access to news and information is a check
on repressive rule by Vietnam's authoritarian regime.
(6) The Government of Vietnam is taking active measures to
keep its citizens from freely accessing the Internet and
obtaining international and domestic political, religious, and
economic news and information.
SEC. 3. RADIO FREE ASIA TRANSMISSIONS TO VIETNAM.
(a) Policy of the United States.--It is the policy of the United
States to take such measures as are necessary to overcome the jamming
of Radio Free Asia by the Government of Vietnam.
(b) Authorization of Appropriations.--
(1) Broadcasting capital improvements.--In addition to such
sums as are otherwise authorized to be appropriated for
``Broadcasting Capital Improvements'', there are authorized to
be appropriated for ``Broadcasting Capital Improvements''
$10,000,000 for the fiscal year 2004 to carry out the policy
under subsection (a).
(2) International broadcasting operations.--In addition to
such sums as are otherwise authorized to be appropriated for
``International Broadcasting Operations'', there are authorized
to be appropriated for ``International Broadcasting
Operations'' $4,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2004 and
2005 for surrogate radio broadcasting to Vietnam by Radio Free
SEC. 4. DEVELOPMENT OF PILOT PROJECT TO DEFEAT INTERNET JAMMING AND
CENSORSHIP BY THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT.
(a) Establishment of Pilot Project.--There is established in the
International Broadcasting Bureau a pilot project to develop and
implement a strategy to combat State-sponsored Internet jamming and
persecution of persons who use the Internet by the Government of
(b) Authorized Activity.--Of the amounts authorized to be
appropriated for the Broadcasting Board of Governors for the fiscal
years 2004 and 2005, $1,700,000 for fiscal year 2004 and $1,600,000 for
the fiscal year 2005 is authorized to be made available to counter the
jamming of the Internet in Vietnam.
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