Top Editors Suspended Practice for Press Violations

The Ministry of Information and Communications has revoked press cards from seven journalists including two deputy editors-in-chief of Thanh Nien and Tuoi Tre newspapers for alleged violation of professional conduct, irresponsibility and corruption.

A decision, signed August 1 by Deputy Minister Do Quy Doan, said Thanh Nien newspaper’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief Nguyen Quoc Phong and Managing Editor Huynh Kim Sanh were found to have violated regulations on media operation and information.

Tuoi Tre newspaper’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief Bui Van Thanh, head of the Ha Noi Representative Office Duong Duc Da Trang, and Khoa hoc va Doi song (Science and Life) newspaper’s journalist Tran Dinh Dung have also had their press cards withdrawn under the same charge.

Both Tuoi Tre and Thanh Nien are based in Ho Chi Minh City and are among the biggest newspapers in Viet Nam.

Meanwhile, Nguoi Cao Tuoi [Elderly] newspaper’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy and journalist Hoang Tuyet Oanh are facing police’s probe into alleged charges of corruption and irresponsibility causing serious consequences.

Some time ago, two journalists, Nguyen Van Hai of Tuoi Tre and Nguyen Viet Chien of Thanh Nien, were prosecuted and arrested for “disclosing state secrets” in covering the PMU18 corruption scandal by writing false stories and leaking secret information during the investigation stage, information that was under investigation or information that was not in the case file.

By T. Binh – Translated by BH

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