|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (third from right) presents the Order of Independence to the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of its 70th founding anniversary yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung presented the Order of Independence, first class, to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) for the second time during a ceremony marking the agency's 70th founding anniversary yesterday.
Seventy years ago today, the VNA published the full text of the Declaration of Independence in Vietnamese, English and French to the world, marking its birth. Since then, its staff members have overcome numerous difficulties and challenges to fulfill their tasks, contributing to the country's nation-building and safety.
Addressing the event, PM Dung conveyed his best wishes to the VNA staff, affirming that in the two resistance wars against French and American forces, the VNA served as an important news channel, helping strengthen public will and determination to drive aggressors away and regain national independence.
During peacetime, it had also proved to be a key press agency that operates as a "news bank" serving the country's press system and both domestic and international readers, he stated.
The Government leader asked the agency to continue to act as a pioneer by accurately disseminating the Party's guidelines and the State's policies and laws, putting the Government's plans and programmes into action, and reflecting people's aspirations and pressing issues in a timely fashion.
The VNA should continue doing its best to produce quality journalism that helps guide public opinion, strengthen the application of advanced technology and develop different journalism genres in order to become a national multimedia complex by 2025, he said.
VNA Director General Nguyen Duc Loi recalled the VNA's 70-year tradition of delivering news and photos to other news agencies. The VNA has utilised news resources, expanded news spheres and diversified information products.
In the context of rapid development in international communications and information, the news agency would continue to grow, he said, adding that the birth of e-newspaper VietnamPlus, the TV channel Vnews, infographics and news on social networks reflect the agency's tireless efforts to serve readers.
From its humble beginnings, the VNA has grown into a modern national media complex with a 2,500-strong staff working in 63 cities and provinces nationwide and 30 countries on all the five continents, according to Loi. It currently consists of 32 affiliates, including news units (five source news departments), publication and press bodies (one publishing house and nine newspapers), and multimedia units (a television channel and e-portal), together with five news support centres and two printing, trade and services companies.
With more than 60 media products, the VNA is now the media outlet with the largest number of products and forms in the country with bulletins, photos, television programmes, dailies, weeklies, monthlies, magazines, pictorials, books, TV channels, e-newspapers and information programmes on mobile platforms.
The VNA now maintains bilateral and multilateral partnerships with more than 40 international media agencies and is a member of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA).
It has also been honoured with the Gold Star Order, the Ho Chi Minh Order, twice with the hero title and many other Vietnamese and international honours. — VNS