|Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan
Here are some excerpts from his article:
Vietnam’s GDP growth in 2017 was 6.81%, surpassing the target set by the National Assembly and forecasts by international organizations. Vietnam’s economy saw a record number of newly registered enterprises. The Vietnamese Party, State, and people worked together to boost social development and ensure social security.
Press monitors national development
The press actively covered Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements. In print and online newspapers, radio and TV, Vietnam’s achievements, role models, and startup sprit were widely and clearly covered. The press criticized bureaucracy, stagnancy in management, ineffective policies, inequality, and excessive actions by special interest groups, and highlighted Party guidelines and government management. Various aspects of people’s lives were truly reflected.
Press helps fight corruption
The Party Central Committee and the Politburo headed by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong showed a strong determination to fight corruption and special interests, aided in this fight. A number of corrupt officials were prosecuted showing that anybody, officials or ordinary people, who violate the law, will be punished according to the law and that there are no barriers for the press in reporting the fight against corruption and negative behavior.
By providing a wide coverage of anti-corruption efforts, the press strengthened public trust in the Party and the government, and made society healthier.
The development of the press has helped to regulate and push back against fake news on social networks and promote the more positive aspects of the internet.
With the trust of the public, the press suppressed distortions by hostile forces and political opportunists. Through its efforts, the Vietnamese press is proving its freedom and that it is a press for the people and by the people.