The press has made great contributions to the nation’s revolutionary cause and the country’s doi moi (renovation) process, National Assembly chairman Nguyen Phu Trong said at a ceremony held yesterday in Hanoi to mark Vietnam's 85th Revolutionary Journalism Day (June 21).
|SGGP winners receive prizes at the HCMC Journalists Association’s 28th Press Award ceremony in the city June 21 (Photo: SGGP)|
Speaking at the anniversary, attended by former Party general secretary Le Kha Phieu, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and other high-ranking officials, Mr. Trong praised journalists nationwide for their contribution to creating a democratic atmosphere in all aspects of social life, promoting good and driving back negativity, and initiating the resolution of important national issues.
The press should strengthen propagandizing the Party and Government policies to the public, providing correct information about the country and the world, promoting national unity, and helping expand relationships with foreign sovereigns, maintenance of defense and security and the implementation of social and economic developmental plans, he said.
He also asked the press to fight social evils more forcefully, strengthen the restraint of reactionary voices and sabotage the schemes of hostile forces, at home and abroad, and contribute to promoting the nation’s cultural identity.
In honor of the great achievements of the country’s revolutionary press, Mr. Trong, on behalf of the Party and State, conferred the Gold Star Order on the country’s press sector. Mr. Dinh The Huynh, President of the Vietnam Journalists Association, received the Order, on behalf of journalists across the country.
The same day, Hanoi People’s Committee chairman Nguyen The Thao visited Sai Gon Giai Phong’s Representative Office in the capital, where he presented flowers and gave congratulations to journalists there.
Mr. Thao expressed his appreciation for the role and significant contribution of the newspaper in the field of information and propaganda. He also praised the cooperation between SGGP and the capital-based Ha Noi Moi newspaper.
In reply, SGGP Editor-in-Chief Tran The Tuyen expressed his thanks to the Hanoi Party Committee and People’s Committee for their support to the newspaper in its operation. He also said SGGP would boost its cooperation with Ha Noi Moi.
Press Awards presented
|NA chairman Nguyen Phu Trong (L) awards the Gold Star Order to Dinh The Huynh (R), President of the Vietnam Journalists Association, at yesterday’s ceremony in Hanoi, marking Vietnam's 85th Revolutionary Journalism Day (June 21). (Photo: Thanh Nien)|
As part of the anniversary, a ceremony for the 2009 national press awards presented 130 prizes, including one A prize, 19 B prizes, 54 C prizes and 56 consolation prizes, to winners.
The A prize went to the photojournalistic work titled “Tram can Dau Giay – Loi bat cap hai” (“Dau Giay vehicle weighing station: more harm than good”) by Nguyen Thi Hoang Anh and Duong The Hien from the Broadcasting and Television Station of Dong Nai Province.
SGGP won three national prizes, including one B prize for the commentary series titled “Hoc thuyet Marx-Lenin: Trao luu hay qui luat tat yeu?” (“Marxist-Leninist doctrine: Trend or Necessity?”) by Viet Trung and some other authors. There was no A prize for this category.
Le Thi Linh An and Vo Thanh Hung were awarded one C prize, and one consolation price went to Nguyen Duc Quang, Pham Hoai Nam and Duong Tran Minh Anh.
The same day the HCMC Journalists Association held their own ceremony to celebrate the 85th Revolutionary Journalism Day and present the association’s 28th press awards to winners, with the attendance of many city high-ranking officials.
The association presented 55 prizes divided into five categories. SGGP journalists won eight prizes, including one First prize, one A prize, two second prizes, and four third prizes. SGGP winners included Linh An, Tien Dat, Tuong Lam, Dao Tuan Anh, Minh Tu, Le Linh, Chien Dung and Ai Van.