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President hails journalists' role in national construction

Update: June, 18/2015 - 10:10
President Truong Tan Sang (third right) meets journalists to mark the Revolutionary Press Day which falls on June 21. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang yesterday praised the achievements made by Vietnamese journalists during the past 90 years.

Sang said journalists had contributed greatly to each of the nation's development periods.

The president was meeting veteran journalists to mark the ninetieth Revolutionary Press Day, which falls on June 21.

Participants included veteran journalists, representatives from the Ministry of Information and Communications, Viet Nam Journalists Association, the Party Central Committee's Commission for Information and Education, and editors-in-chief of major media offices.

The president said Viet Nam's journalism sector had experienced different development phases in revolution and peace. Journalists were in the vanguard of the cultural ideology guiding the public and making positive contributions to major issues facing the nation.

State President Truong Tan Sang (left) and VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi shake hands at the event.

Sang said he hoped journalists continued to contribute to the nation's development and always fulfilled their assigned tasks. They also needed to do their job well: reporting accurately and timely, helping the Government and the Party to understand people's needs, and vice versa.

At the meeting, many journalists expressed concern about rising problems in the sector, asking the Government to create favourable conditions for journalists to do their jobs.

Ha Minh Hue, vice-chairman of the Viet Nam Journalists Association, said members of the association remained consistent in their political will. However, as the country embraced many changes, and as technology developed day by day, mistakes were unavoidable.

He said journalists would have to tackle these problems.

Viet Nam now has 845 media agencies, and more than 1,100 publications. Many of these agencies, including the Voice of Viet Nam, the Vietnam News Agency and Viet Nam Television. — VNS

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