|Đỗ Phượng, former director of the Vietnam News Agency. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — Đỗ Kim Phượng, former member of the Central Committee, Vietnam News Agency general director and the first editor-in-chief of Việt Nam News, passed away on October 8.
He was 87. Born in 1930, Phượng joined the Communist Party when he was 17 and served in many positions from the central agencies to the local governments, a first-hand witness to the tumultuous history of Việt Nam in the 20th century.
In 1966, at the age 36, he was entrusted with the position of deputy editor-in-chief at the Vietnam News Agency.
During his six years (1990-1996) there, Đỗ Phượng together with the board of directors implemented renovation efforts to help the national news agency keep up with new demands for journalism in the time of international integration.
In the introduction to his book “Journalism – Unforgettable Memories” (published in 1998), Phượng wrote, “No matter what era, a journalist must be dedicated, righteous, and brave.” His life and works have stayed true to these words.
The wake and the funeral will be held on October 12 from 7:30 to 9:30am at the National Funeral Home at No 5, Trần Thánh Tông Street, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hà Nội. — VNS