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Party chief backs support for VN writers and artists

Update: September, 23/2013 - 09:05
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong vowed to ensure freedom of expression, as long as writers, artists and cultural activists upheld their civic and social responsibilities.—VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS)— The Party and State will do all they can to help writers and artists harness their creativity to the fullest, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said during a working session with the Party organisation of the Viet Nam Union of Literature and Arts Associations (VULA) in Ha Noi on Saturday.

Trong vowed to ensure freedom of expression, as long as writers, artists and cultural activists upheld their civic and social responsibilities.

The country's dynamic development was opening up new horizons for creativity and posing new questions which writers and artists must try to answer through their creative work, he said.

Trong expressed hope that the writers and artists would produce more works that vividly reflected reality, praised the good and fought the bad, which he defined as ideas that went against the nation's moral tradition and interests as well as social vices.

The Union is comprised of 73 member associations at both central and grassroots levels, gathering nearly 400,000 writers and artists, according to the union's report.

Fifteen years after implementing the resolution on literature and arts adopted by the fifth meeting of the Party Central Committee (8th tenure), the literature and arts sector has reaped dramatic success.

Freedom of expression is now ensured and writers and artists' working conditions have improved, resulting in a remarkable increase in the number of creative works as well as enhancing their quality.

However, the report notes that the development still fails to match the sector's potential and the public's demand.

Many delegates also expressed concern about the growing trend of commercialisation and imitation, which they said had distorted authentic values. They called on the VULA to unite members in working to develop literature and arts, fulfilling the noble mission of serving the country and the people. — VNS

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