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Journalist’s press card revoked for serious violation

Update: June, 21/2016 - 12:05
Mai Phan Lợi.– Photo

HÀ NỘI – The Ministry of Information and Communications revoked a journalist’s press card yesterday for a serious violation of Government regulations.

The ministry required the HCM Law Newspaper to revoke the press card of Mai Phan Lợi and to return it to the Press Department, in line with the laws.

Lợi, head of Hà Nội Bureau of the HCM City Law Newspaper, had his press card revoked for violating a circular of the ministry and for seriously offending the honour of the Vietnamese People’s Army. His offenses caused deep psychological wounds to families, relatives and comrades of soldiers and officials who were in distress during their mission and his actions also affected the prestige of the press, according to a decision issued by Minister Trương Minh Tuấn yesterday.

Earlier, Lợi posted a status update for voting titled “Why was the CASA rescue plane shattered?” to collect opinions from readers. He also presented some ideas for readers to deduce, such as: the plane was shot; the plane was of poor quality, and due to corruption in the defence sector. His status update immediately caused great public concern. - VNS

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