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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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The Limits to Oppositional Journalism (1926–1930)

The Limits to Oppositional Journalism (1926–1930)

(p.149) Chapter 5 The Limits to Oppositional Journalism (1926–1930)
The Birth of Vietnamese Political Journalism

Philippe M. F. Peycam

Columbia University Press

This chapter details the political events between years 1926 and 1930, as these demonstrate the contradictory development of Vietnamese activism. Vietnamese activists had realized to their dismay that governor general Alexandre Varenne did not favor the alteration of the political status quo. A political spectrum ranging from the conservatives, who favored a gradual, reformist approach to liberalize Vietnam, to the radicals, had emerged among Saigon's Vietnamese opposition. Early in 1927, the Varenne administration began an unprecedented series of repressive measures, including the dissolution of the Annam Youth Party, a prominent group of Vietnamese intellectual-journalists. Between 1927 and 1928, in rural areas, a series of communist-led activities, such as urging peasants not to pay taxes and spreading apocalyptic rumors, took place in order to incite popular anger against the French rule. The colonial authorities were apparently more troubled by an increase in the illegal penetration of communist propaganda into the colony.

Keywords:   political events, Vietnamese activism, Alexandre Varenne, conservatives, radicals, Varenne administration, Annam Youth Party, French rule, communist propaganda

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