Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of its Commission for Information and Education Nguyen Trong Nghia on March 17 asked press agencies and journalists to stay resolved to fulfill the target of building a revolutionary press circle of professionalism, culture and modernity.
In his opening remarks at the 2023 National Press Festival in Hanoi, Nghia suggested that more attention should be paid to personnel development in order to improve the efficiency of the popularisation of the Party’s guidelines and the State’s policies.
The sector needs to mirror national reforms, promote patriotic movements and highlight economic bright spots and prospects, thus raising public consensus and confidence in the leadership and management of the Party and the State, and the cause of Doi Moi (Reform), the official said.
He lauded the role by press agencies and journalists in national construction and defence, especially in covering socio-economic recovery and development, Party building, the fight against corruption, wastefulness and other negative phenomena, the protection of the Party’s ideological foundation, and the refutation of wrongful and hostile views.
Stressing the political-social-cultural significance of this year’s press festival, Nghia said it offers an opportunity to honour revolutionary press force and create an emulation environment for press agencies and journalists’ associations, contributing to boosting political will and professional qualifications and ethics of journalists as well as the operational efficiency of the sector.
This is also a chance for the press agencies to promote their products, share experience and engage in exchanges with the public to meet their higher information demand, he said.
Nghia asked all-level press associations to thoroughly grasp Directive No. 43-CT/TW dated April 8, 2020, by the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat on enhancing the Party’s leadership over the operation of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association (VJA) in the new situation.
Following the opening ceremony, broadcast live on national television and radio channels, Nghia and Vice State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan and representatives from ministries and agencies visited booths at the festival.
Organisers also launched the 2023 press awards on disseminating the thrift and effective use of energy, and open a photo exhibition.
The three-day event is co-chaired by the VJA and the Hanoi People’s Committee in coordination with the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education, the Ministry of Information and Communications, and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The biggest festival in the press circle brings together 63 journalists’ associations of the country's cities and provinces, and 60 central and local press agencies, with 87 booths displaying outstanding publications in 2022 and the first quarter of this year.
The organisers will present awards for the best Tet (Lunar New Year) magazine cover photo, the best news website design, and the best TV and radio programmes, along with an award for organisations and individuals with outstanding activities at the festival.
There will be a series of sidelines events like seminars, workshops, exhibitions, a singing contest, a football tournament and art performances.