HA NOI — Lawmakers agreed that the revised law on publications should target issues relating to publishing, printing, distribution management and curbing illegal printing at a National Assembly Standing Committee meeting yesterday.
In the discussion about printing activities, many participants said it was necessary to perfect the publication law in order to handle emerging problems and publishing activities since many issues and violations had arisen in the management of the nation's 1,500 printing units. Many cases of illegal printing have had a negative impact on the country's political and social development.
NA Deputy Chairman Uong Chu Luu and Chairman of the NA Law Committee Nguyen Van Hien agreed that printing was a conditional business that followed the law on enterprise. Because of this, the law should only adjust issues relating to publishing activities, including management of printing units for the supervision of printed products as well as prevention of illegal printing activities.
"The law should only focus on managing the activities of the 400 units that print published products. The remaining 1,100 printing companies should not need permission to print other materials like packaging or advertising products," said Chairman of the NA Committee for Social Affairs Truong Thi Mai.
Participants also agreed to continue perfecting and developing a joint publishing form with legislation that would require joint partners to carry out all stages of publication and take responsibility for their products, while the publisher would have to take responsibility for assessing product content.
"Leaders of publishing houses have to assess and manage content, as well as take responsibility for their published products," said NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong.
Discussing the revision and amendment of the Law on Lawyers, lawmakers agreed that lawyers who had been convicted of a crime should be prohibited from practising law because the profession required both professional skills and knowledge, as well as ethics and prestige.
Most of the committee's members rejected a proposal that would permit university law professors to actively practise law. Permission for working two jobs at the same time would not conform to the goal of having 20,000 skilled and highly professional lawyers in Viet Nam by 2020.
They agreed that the Viet Nam Lawyer Bar Federation would issue professional law licenses in order to ensure consistency among lawyers and management of the profession in accordance with current regulations.
The NA Standing Committee's report said that there were still not enough high quality lawyers to meet demand in Viet Nam. The number of lawyers per capita is very modest at only 1/10,000 people. Only 1.2 per cent of the country's 7,000 lawyers can satisfy the demands of international integration. — VNS