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Vietnam provider drops foreign news TV channels

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -

A popular Vietnamese satellite TV provider has stopped broadcasting foreign channels including BBC and CNN as the country begins enforcing a new law that foreign governments fear will limit access to information.

   The regulation requires international broadcasters to provide translation into Vietnamese of their contents. Industry groups say the law, known as Decision 20, is impractical and prohibitively expensive.

   Pay TV K+ said it had cut the signals of 21 foreign channels as a result of the regulation. Other providers were still running foreign broadcasters.

   Vietnam is a one-party state that seeks to limit access to the kind of information its citizens can access.

   All foreign news stations are currently broadcast into the country with a half-hour delay, to allow sensitive content to be blocked if needed.

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