American to publicly apologize for vulgar comment involving Vietnam’s late general

An American citizen working as an English teacher in Hanoi has presented himself to information authorities after being summoned over offensive, law-violating remarks he had posted on Facebook. In the summons issued last Friday, Daniel Hauer was required to meet the authorities and explain why he had posted an offensive Facebook comment mentioning Vietnam’s late, well-respected general Vo Nguyen Giap last Thursday, as well as an allegedly insincere apology video afterwards. He fully complied with authorities’ requests at the meeting on Tuesday afternoon, according to Le Quang Tu Do, deputy head of the Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI). At the meeting, Hauer admitted that his Facebook comment was an unintentionally harmful joke and expressed deep remorse for having posted it. His Vietnamese wife was the first to criticize him upon seeing the comment, resulting in him immediately removing it and making the apology video. Regarding his other comments that seemed to imply the apology was insincere, Hauer claimed he was feeling irritated as many kept commenting on Facebook, calling and texting to insult and threaten him as well as his family. To make amends, Hauer asked to be allowed to visit General Giap’s house to light incense for the late general and personally apologize to his family. Additionally, he would issue a public apology on newspapers and provide free English lessons online. ABEI has agreed with Hauer’s proposed measures and instructed him to remove all the violating comments, as well as to promise not to repeat his violations…. [Read full story]


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