|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (third, right) visits the Vietnam News Agency's booth at the 2015 Spring Newspaper Festival . — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
HA NOI (VNS) — For the 90th anniversary of Viet Nam's Revolutionary Press Day, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong called on the Vietnamese press to continue its important role in promoting national renewal, global integration and protecting the country's sovereignty.
In a note to the press released yesterday, the Party leader sent his best wishes to media professionals.
"As society develops and the role of the media in daily life becomes more important, the media will only face more challenges as its responsibilities grow," he noted.
"For the past 90 years, the revolutionary press of Viet Nam, founded by the late President Ho Chi Minh, has always been there during the nation's toughest times. It has stood alongside the Party and the people, fighting for national independence and socialism," Trong wrote.
During the country's last 30 years of reform, the media had contributed a great deal to the nation's development, he affirmed, stressing that the media was an important weapon on "ideological front".
The leader applauded media professionals who are at the forefront, providing clear analysis on news development and writing stories that inspire, stories that fight corruption and wastefulness, and that protect the nation from hostile forces.
He noted that the press played a major role in connecting Viet Nam to the rest of the world— showcasing Vietnamese culture and keeping domestic readers up to date on global news developments.
According to the Ministry of Information and Communication, there are 849 print newspapers, 67 television channels and radio stations, 98 online news sites and one national news agency.
The number of workers in the press sector increased from 31,000 in 2009 to a current 35,000, 96 per cent of which hold bachelor's degrees or higher.
Trong urged the media to contribute further to the nation's reform and growth, as well as support the development of the party.
He noted that despite media professionals' greater access to technology, trust in the media had decreased in certain aspects.
"A number of the publications do not provide accurate news, write one-sided stories and even distort the truth. The explosion of information has forced journalists to become more competitive," he wrote.
Trong said the competition must remain true to providing accurate, objective and interesting news and resist sensationalising the news to get more views.
He called on the media to provide more analysis and contextualise the news to enhance the audience's understanding.
In his piece, General Secretary Trong asked each journalist and press outlet to uphold the sector's impressive 90-year tradition and build on their political firmness, sense of social responsibility and obligation to their fellow citizens.
He urged them to remain steadfast in the face of heavy information flows brought on by modern media and technology, to ensure properly oriented reports while meeting the demands of the public.
"Revolutionary journalists must have revolutionary spirits to fight the bad and protect the good for the sake of the nation. It is a spirit that fuels self-renewal and self-improvement", the General Secretary wrote.
He stressed that many news organisation leaders did not strictly follow the guiding criteria registered for their publications.
Media professionals, he wrote, must understand their mission and always strive to increase their professionalism, political knowledge and media ethics.
Trong noted that the media would always be under the leadership of the Party and the management of Government.
A revolutionary press did not mean just providing information, he said, nor offering another form of entertainment. The press was needed to mobilise people from all social strata to work for the nation's cause, he stressed.
He called on party units and government agencies at all levels to be more open minded about providing information and creating better conditions for the media.
Best works rewarded
Speaking at the award ceremony held yesterday to recognise the best journalism works in 2014, President Truong Tan Sang also called on the media to continue presenting the accurate picture of the country's development.
He stressed that the media should fulfill its role by connecting the people with the party and the Government.
Recalling the media's crucial role in the course of national independence, he wished all media workers the best.
He said the coming time would be very important for the country, so the press must continue updating and increasing its quality of work to maintain the people's trust, as well as continue its leading role on the ideology front.
More than 1,460 works were submitted for this year's competition. Nine works were awarded the A prize, 26 won the B prize, 54 got C, while 29 received honourable mention.
Most of the works focused on party building, protecting national sovereignty, and fighting corruption, among others. — VNS