TABLOIDISATION IN ONLINE NEWSPAPERS IN VIETNAM : THE FREE DEVELOPMENT OF ENTERTAINMENT NEWS IN ONLINE NEWSPAPERS IN VIETNAM: BEHIND THE CONFLICT BETWEEN FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY AND MORAL VALUES
This research examines a specific area of the press in Vietnam which at present is developing very fast and freely. That is the entertainment news production in online newspapers. Entertainment news with tabloid contents which goes deeply into topics such as “shock- sex”, “robbery- rape- killing” in online newspapers is very popular. This results in online newspapers are being severely tabloidised. This trend has led to violations to the right to privacy and morality. As a result a conflict between freedom of the press and moral values on the on hand and individuals' privacy on the other hand has arissen. In addition, by ignoring serious news, tabloid news is also also undermining the core values of the press, which are important for the development of a democratic society. Lying behind this phenomenon are complicated relations between actors in the press including both state and private sectors, which have created a very unique and specific model of online newspapers in Vietnam.In addition to drawing up the development model of online newspapers in Vietnam at present and discussing the conflict between freedom of the press and the right to privacy and morality, this research also tried to figure out elements of how to balance.