New decree on press activities for foreign journalists
HA NOI (VNS)– Foreign journalists and news organisations will be allowed to continue press activities providing they comply with Vietnamese laws, according to a new Government decree which will take effect from December 20 this year.
It has five chapters and 27 clauses regulating the respective responsibilities of the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Information and Communication, Culture, Sport and Tourism, and the people's committees in cities and provinces.
All violators will be fined according to the current provisions of Viet Nam laws.
Non-resident journalists working in the country must have their Press Permit issued by the Viet Nam Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To receive the permit they must apply to the ministry or an overseas Vietnamese consular office at least ten working days before coming to Viet Nam. The authorities will reply with their final decision during that time.
Foreign journalists are allowed to temporarily import and re-export necessary devices like cameras and recorders. They are also allowed to import, export, install and use equipment to receive and transmit news directly through satellite. They have permission to transmit videos overseas through the national telecommunication network in accordance with the law.
In order to circulate publications (such as newspapers, magazines and pamphlets) foreign offices or organisations must send a written request to the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for notification. The publications must be in line with the Vietnamese press and publishing laws, and other relevant provisions. – VNS