The Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Region Pictorial is the only bilingual press product serving ethnic minority communities across 45 provinces in the country with 75,000 copies each monthly edition.
Currently, the pictorial newspaper has 12 bilingual versions in Vietnamese and 12 ethnic languages.
VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi said that playing the role as a news bank serving the entire press system, the VNA hopes that its publications disseminate the great national unity policy and help the ethnic minorities understand the Party and State’s consistent policies on the ethnic and religion-related issues.
Therefore, the agency wants to coordinate closely with localities where the Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Region Pictorial is available to improve its quality and ensure the publication can reach its readers and increase dissemination efficiency.
At the conference, representatives from ministries, sectors and localities contributed ideas to improve the quality of the product, from format to content, and expand the distribution network.
Son Minh Thang, deputy head of the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region, asked the VNA to intensify disseminations on the implementation of the Party and State’s policies, especially those dedicated to the ethnic minorities, regional connectivity.
Huynh Thi Somaly from the Government Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs proposed the pictorial balance appropriate contents about regions, increase the coverage of news involved in the ethnic minorities’ customs.
It is also necessary to improve reporters’ awareness of customs and religions of each group, re-check information with scholars who are ethnics, and invite freelance reporters who are ethnics to write about their groups’ customs, she said.-