RFA and ethical perspective on journalism

08/05/2014


Recently, Radio Free Asia (RFA) has reduced the Vietnamese broadcast to just a half-hour each day. Shortly after the news was announced, public opinion among overseas Vietnamese community expressed welcome. Many article are posted on many personal blogs or websites aiming at criticize propaganda of inciting ethnic hatred  and anti-Vietnam from RFA. People in general want to terminate permanently RFA’s Vietnamese broadcast or even close down the station.
The movement in closing RFA
People support in stopping Vietnamese program on RFA none other than the individuals once the victims of misinformation, slander and lack of objectivity from RFA. Many Vietnamese-American journalists do not accept the lack of ethics in journalism and overseas Vietnamese who understand the situation in the country was reported discontent with the shapeless information by RFA.
Not long ago, RFA published the articles entitled “Who does Mr. Tran Nhat Quang insult on?” of author under the name Canh Co. The article was blatantly slanderous and insulting the honor of a serious patriotic citizen such as Tran Nhat Quang, through which propagandize against the Communist Party of Vietnam. The article has caused netizens to react. As such victim also wrote letter requiring RFA to remove the article and public apologize him. Under pressure from public opinion, RFA has removed all down but no apology to Mr. Tran Nhat Quang or any explanation for readers and correction.
Another victim of the propaganda by RFA is Hoang Thi Nhat Le to such an extent that a few days ago she must wrote a letter to Senator Ed Royce to complain that “ In October 2013, RFA published a series of articles by Nguyen Ngoc Gia to distort, libel and defame me leading to many influence on my life and job”...
To label and defame the patriotic Vietnamese citizens are the latest guises of RFA to propagandize against Vietnam. They often distort, slander and libel the Party and State leaders of Vietnam, even distort the historical truth. Just flip through Vietnamese program on RFA in April every year will see the headlines all emerged unfriendly to trample on history, deny the achievements of the struggle for national liberation and reunification. It is more dangerous when RFA reported a gloomy picture about Vietnam after April 30, 1975 to circumvent national reconciliation policy, to divide , incite revenge and carve hatred.
The movement in closing RFA in the U.S. is going to be quite exciting and increasingly widespread. Some journalists are at the forefront of this movement. Among them, Mr. Nguyen The Hung, Editor of kbchn.net has sent a letter to U.S. Senator Ed Royce to present argumenting proposals for closing Vietnamese program on RFA and he received the consensus of public opinion. U.S. Senator Ed Royce is co-founder of the so-called “Vietnam Human Rights Act HR 1897”, who often have preconceived views on human rights in Vietnam.
When the letter by journalist Nguyen Phuong Hung to Mr Ed Royce was posted online, many readers supported strongly and expressed sympathy. Reader under the nickname Pham The said that the RFA is an out of battery speaker so that nobody wants to hear”. Concurred with the proposal for closing down Vietnamese program on RFA, nickname Quang Thanh wrote: “It should have more voice of  opposing to let Americans themselves also find that the RFA always distorts and fabricates. Moreover, it is  entirely unfavorable for the relations between Vietnam and the U.S.”. “We need a broad movement to demand the U.S. government pay attention to this” said by the nickname Le Quan.
Regarding the work of the RFA. Journalist John Lee from the United States has shared from the perspective of a journalist. He said: “In my opinion, just look clearly through the site. All the articles published so far on democracy, human rights and religious freedom in Vietnam have been one-sided nature, reflecting misinformation about what has been happening. The characters called "the activists for Vietnam’s democracy and human rights” by RFA all actually violated Vietnam Law. They always advocate for actions against the general interests of the community, try to collect negative cases in Vietnam to assess the general society is totally wrong and subjective. When posting an article, RFA always says that it is the author's own views. That is the clear act of evading responsibility from RFA.
Journalist John Lee cited by prominent case like “Con Dau” in Da Nang. According to him, RFA inflated the truth to the unacceptability. Houston City Councilmember Hoang Duy Hung and General Secretary of Vietweekly website Nguyen Etcetera felt completely surprised at what RFA had reported when they came to verify the case in Con Dau. The truth was exactly opposite to what RFA exploitation posting from the so-called “witnesses”. “All can conclude that: RFA is dishonest with readers. From the press’ ethical perspective, it is worth condemning”, Journalist John Lee stressed.
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Phạm Hiếu 8/5/14 15:06

RFA is dishonest with readers. From the press’ ethical perspective, it is worth condemning.

Quốc Kiên 8/5/14 15:07

That’s only the Radio Free Asia, liberty in the disorganized way.

Huy Lâm 8/5/14 15:07

Newspapers that are not true just tabloid only.

Quốc Cường 8/5/14 15:08

This radio station is funded by the U.S. government to act against Vietnam so the untrue content posted on the site is completely understandable.

Lê Tín 8/5/14 21:34

Have the individuals honored by RFA understood the nature of the RFA yet?

Huy Quốc 8/5/14 21:35

Even he American people do not believe content on RFA so who can believe?

Hoàng Lân 8/5/14 21:36

RFA published articles to distort the situation in not only Vietnam but also many other countries. As we can see clearly that the purpose of this radio is the cause of peaceful evolution.

Hùng Quân 8/5/14 21:37

RFA boycott !

Vân Nhàn 8/5/14 21:38

Not only RFA but also many other radio stations such as VOA , BBC , RFI also post articles with misinformation about Vietnam.

Quân Hoàng 8/5/14 21:40

Freedom of the press in the U.S. is putting untrue information.

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