Can not subjectively deduce from freedom of the press in Vietnam

31/03/2014


Recently, Sai Gon Tiep Thi (Saigon Marketing) Newspaper directly under Investment and Trade Promotion Center of Ho Chi Minh City has formally been withdrawn the newspaper’s operating license by the Ministry of Information and Communications due to financial difficulties including losses and much debt in extended time that is known popularly in society. Yet, a number of foreign newspapers, radios ( RFA, BBC, VOA...) and many blogs deliberately released misinformation that Sai Gon Tiep Thi newspaper was “driven to suicide” because there were many articles touching “sensitive problems” and added the issue of press freedom in Vietnam are being violated. This is the beginning of a campaign to narrow the Vietnam press system in 2020 under the project proposed by the Ministry of Information and Communications .
It must be said immediately that Sai Gon Tiep Thi newspaper was revoked operating license due to the request of its governing body when suffering losses, but absolutely for any other “sensitive reason”. Until before the license was revoked , Sai Gon Tiep Thi had been in financial debt amounted to 50 billion VND, the revenue monthly still not enough to pay the bank interest rates. In fact, not only in Vietnam but also foreign countries, if a newspaper is not enough competitive or can not financially afford, it will obvious be suspended the publication and disseminetion. This is nothing to debate. No one “suicided” this newspaper. Speaking newspaper was “driven to suicide” is a subjective and unfounded interpretation!
In Vietnam, each newspaper has own objects and goals, acting in the areas registered. Sai Gon Tiep Thi newspaper  as well as all the other press agencies must follow principles and purposes stated in the license. Contrary to principles and purposes is illegal. It can be due to informational competition or a “vague reputation” to issue articles contrary to the policies and viewpoints of the Party which harm our national security and interests ... That all newspaper must understand and comply with.
On the other hand, with information on the Project of Planning Nationwide Newspapers System in 2020, some people have subjectively deduced from press freedom in Vietnam is entirely baseless. The reality of developing press system over time shows that, beside the important achievements and significant contribution of the press to the renovation and construction of national defense, meeting the increasing demanded information of the people, the press system also has exposed some shortcomings. Many of these newspapers and magazines declined in the political,  cultural, scientific quality and professional quality of the information. Many newspapers has signs to diverge from principles and purposes, giving sensational information to attract readers. The information content of the report is akin to one another leading to bore and a waste of money. Press system in Vietnam has significantly grown in quantity but the quality is not equivalent, overlapping with principles, purpose, content, served objects... Therefore, the adjustment and reconstruction the press system is a high demand, consistent with the real situation of the country, ensuring better performance for press in accordance wwith the right principles and purposes within the legal framework. This is a necessary move towards a reasonable number of press agencies and publications, enhancing quality to serve better the information needs of readers and the entire society. Rearranging to make chances for press to develop deeply, promoting the advantages and overcome deficiencies, performing better functions and work tasks. Therefore, it is subjective deduction when saying that press freedom in Vietnam is entirely stunted.

The matter regarding Sai Gon Tiep Thi Newspaper has demonstrated that hostile forces and the opportunists take advantage of any problems, phenomena in the social of our country to distort the situation, inciting public opinion, containing guidelines and policies of the Party and the State. However, the truth is always the truth, no one can change “black to white”, only that anyone receiving this type of deduced information should be vigilant.
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All comments [ 10 ]


Quốc Cường 31/3/14 15:14

Each newspaper has legal status, operating under the laws and regulations of the state. If the newspaper does not guarantee operating conditions, the operation is suspended.

Huy Quốc 31/3/14 15:17

The following state is quite right that the truth is always the truth, no one can change “black to white”, only that anyone receiving this type of deduced information should be vigilant.

Quân Hoàng 31/3/14 15:19

The hostile forces one again use democracy and human rights rhetoric to distort and slander the situation in Vietnam.

Vân Nhàn 31/3/14 15:26

The State of Vietnam resolutely handle newspaper which do not follow the principles and operational purposes is very serious, so then people can have access to clear information.

Hoàng Lân 31/3/14 15:31

I see that press works very messily today. Beside a number of mainstream newspapers have good content, promoting social development, the majority of remaining ones contain useless information.

Huy Lâm 31/3/14 15:40

Readers read newspapers without conscious selection will not know wherether the information is right or wrong. If a newspapers givea misinformation, that will be suitable To withdraw its operating lisence.

Lê Tín 31/3/14 15:59

The Ministry of Information and Communication withdrew SGTT newspaper's operating licenses due to itself proposal, like the foreign company filed for bankruptcy alone, nothing to be noisy.

Phạm Hiếu 31/3/14 16:05

It is clear arguement of those allegations against Vietnam.

Hùng Quân 31/3/14 16:17

The project of planning nationalwide newspapers system like other projects to restructure other sectors of society to go make activities in our society more efficient. Why do they say that the freedom of the press in Vietnam are being violated?

Quốc Kiên 31/3/14 22:03

Hung Quan says quite exactly!

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