This article explores the rise and fall of Thời Luận [Current Commentary Daily], a newspaper in South Vietnam. Launched in response to the 1954–1955 transmigration, Thời Luận initially struggled to attract readers. The paper’s reorganization in 1957 led to it becoming Vietnam’s first national opposition newspaper, capturing the imagination of Vietnamese readers unlike any newspaper ever had. Its existence revealed the complex nature of state–press relations in the early RVN period. The government, however, shut the paper down, effectively ending a period of sustained political debate in South Vietnam.
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