The event was co-chaired by Major General Pham Van Huan, the PAN’s Editor-in-Chief; Major General Do Hong Lam, the NDJ’s Editor-in-Chief; and Major General Nguyen Kim Ton, the MBC’s Director.

The seminar was part of practical activities to mark 50 years of implementing President Ho Chi Minh’s Testament, the 94th anniversary of Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day (June 21), the 30th Whole People's Defense Festive Day and the 75th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) (December 22), and the 75th foundation day of the VPA’s General Department of Politics.

The seminar aimed to highlight ideological values, thoughts, and teachings of President Ho Chi Minh to the revolutionary press in general and the military press sector in particular, whereby journalists would continue following his thoughts, morals and working style in their task performance.

Major General Nguyen Kim Ton speaks at the event.

In his opening speech, General Ton underlined that the Vietnamese revolutionary press has served as a “sharp tool” of the Party and State, considerably contributing to the success of the country’s revolutionary cause.

As an important component of the Vietnamese revolutionary press, the military press sector, under the leadership of the Party and President Ho Chi Minh, has also made contributions to the current national defense and construction cause.

A number of presentations at the seminar emphasized that the sector has played well its role as the voice of the Central Military Commission, the Ministry of National Defense and people, and become a trustful source of information for troops in the whole military and people nationwide. Military press agencies have held firm to their principles, effectively foiled hostile forces’ plots and tricks, and fought social evils.

All military press workers have actively and proactively studied and followed working ethics of President Ho Chi Minh. Many of war reporters died in action and were honored with noble orders by the Party and State.

Major General Pham Van Huan (C) concludes the event.

The delegates discussed the key role of the Central Military Commission, Ministry of National Defense, and General Department of Politics in directing, orienting, and instructing military press agencies to complete their assigned missions.

According to the participants, military press agencies should pay due attention to training and honing professional competence and political stance of young soldier-journalists, hold more field trips, particularly to active military units, rural areas, and islands, to help them learn more about daily life and activities of people and soldiers.

Concluding the event, General Huan said that the seminar successfully achieved its set targets. It continued to re-affirm ideological values, thoughts, and teachings of President Ho Chi Minh to the revolutionary press and the military press sector in the current context and encouraged soldier-journalists to further study and follow President Ho Chi Minh’s example in performing their assigned tasks.

Translated by Van Hieu