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The Birth of Vietnamese Political JournalismSaigon, 1916-1930$
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Philippe Peycam

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158503

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158503.001.0001

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Scandals and Mobilization (1923–1926)

Scandals and Mobilization (1923–1926)

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(p.114) Chapter 4 Scandals and Mobilization (1923–1926)
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The Birth of Vietnamese Political Journalism
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Philippe M. F. Peycam

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231158503.003.0004

This chapter explores press intervention upon the proliferation of scandals under the French colonial administration, thus spurring Vietnamese public mobilization. At the period of economic growth, and with an expanding newspaper audience, the controversial Maurice Cognacq replaced Albert Sarraut as governor of the colony. Cognacq had been involved in the practice of nepotism, questionable deals, and harassment of public opponents—all of which were exposed by the Vietnamese press. Among these controversies, the most devastating was the “Saigon port monopoly affair” that clearly showed the disparate interests of the Vietnamese natives and the French colonial regime. The Saigon port monopoly affair marks the beginning of some journalistic breakthroughs with the likes of The Broken Bell (La Cloche Fêlée) under the editorship of Nguyễn An Ninh, and Trần Huy Liệu's leadership of the Indochina Times (Đông Pháp Thời Báo).

Keywords:   French colonial administration, public mobilization, press intervention, Maurice Cognacq, nepotism, Vietnamese press, Saigon port monopoly affair, The Broken Bell, Nguyễn An Ninh, Trần Huy Liệu

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