September 8

La Revue Communiste (The Communist Magazine) published an articled titled “Revolutionary Movement in India” by Nguyen Ai Quoc.

It reviewed the Indian people’s liberation movement against Britain’s colonial policies.
“Mahatma Gandhi laid the first stone for non-cooperation and non-violence. His policy has been followed successfully… Faced with such a wave, the flag that never saw the sun set is likely to fall. The British empire does not know how to deal with it.”

The file photo shows President Ho Chi Minh voting in the third National Assembly polls in Hanoi in 1964

President Ho Chi Minh signed Decree No.14 on general elections to elect deputies to the proposed National Assembly.
The decree regulated they will be held in two months’ time; all Vietnamese citizens aged 18 and above have the right to vote and stand for elections; a committee to draft the constitution will be established.

He along with Party and Government officials laid a wreath to pay tribute to President Wihelm Pieck at the embassy of the German Democratic Republic.
In the message of condolence, he said: “For me, Comrade Wihelm Pieck is a predecessor and one of loving brothers in a great family of international communists. I was pained and sorry to hear about Comrade Wihelm Pieck’s death.”
He attended the third Congress of the Vietnam Journalists Association.
As an experienced journalist, he made several observations about political duties and journalistic competence.
“Articles are usually too long ... They are usually one-sided, sometimes exaggerate achievements, but fail to mention or cursorily mention about our difficulties and shortcomings. News is sometimes published in such haste that there is a lack of caution.
“Journalism needs to take advantage of criticism and self-criticism astutely. However, criticism has to be made seriously, strictly, with evidence, and in good faith. Do not criticize arbitrarily. The public needs to be encouraged to voice its opinions and criticism.”
Referring to the practice of using many foreign words, sometimes incorrectly, he said: “Language is the nation’s age-old and invaluable heritage. We have to preserve and respect it, and make it more and more popular. We do not use what we have and borrow from abroad. Isn’t that like relying on others?”
“Our journalism has an important position in influencing world opinion. The enemy pays attention and friends care very much about it. Therefore, journalists have to be very watchful about the situation, content, and writing style.
“When writing an article, [you] have to ask yourself questions: Whom are we writing for? What are we writing for? How to write it cogently and briefly? After finishing it, [you] should ask others to read and correct it. Don’t feel hurt and think that your article is great. Self-love means self-righteousness and being self-righteous is a cruel enemy which prevents our progress.”
“Journalists are also revolutionary soldiers. Pen and paper are their sharp weapons. To fulfill their duties, they need to improve their revolutionary morals.” 

By Duong Trung Quoc and his assistants
The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly

Translated by Hoang Yen

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