|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong attends the tenth Congress of the Vietnam Journalists Association (VJA) yesterday. — Photo tuoitre.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The press must become a bridge linking the Party and State with people and an open forum to promote democracy, advanced cultural values and social feedback, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said at the tenth Congress of the Vietnam Journalists Association (VJA) yesterday.
Trong said that during the past 90 years, Viet Nam's revolutionary press, established and led by late President Ho Chi Minh, had been on the Party and people's side during struggles for national independence and socialism.
Journalists had also played a key role in encouraging the entire nation to carry out the Party-initiated "doi moi" (renewal) policy over the last three decades.
He noted the vigorous growth of the media in both quantity and quality, adding that it had swiftly reflected all-round developments in society and people's aspirations, advocated "doi moi" achievements, and disseminated Marxism-Leninism, Ho Chi Minh thought as well as the Party guidelines and the State policies and laws.
Trong said the press had also raised its voice to refute wrong information and opinions and sabotage schemes, helping to consolidate people's trust in "doi moi", the leader said.
He also pointed out flaws in contemporary press activities, for example some press outlets had run inaccurate and sensational news while others were sluggish in making reforms. Some reporters even violated occupational morality or legal regulations.
The Party, State and people appreciated the press's role in the revolutionary cause and supported its development, General Secretary Trong said.
He said he hoped people working in the press sector fully understood that the press was a sharp weapon in the ideological battlefield, adding that each reporter was a revolutionary soldier who must embrace the spirit of fighting the bad and protecting the good for the sake of the nation and people.
He wished Vietnamese journalists would be more steadfast in political firmness, professional capacity and job morality, worth the Party's vanguard force in the ideological and cultural battlefield.
The VJA's 10th Congress, which opened in Ha Noi on Friday, was attended by more than 500 journalists representing 22,000 members nationwide.
It elected 57 members to the VJA's executive board for the 2015-2020 term. The Editor-in-Chief of the Nhan Dan (People) daily, Thuan Huu, continued to be the VJA Chairman in the 10th tenure. — VNS