95 years ago, on June 21, 1925, leader Nguyen Ai Quoc (later known as President Ho Chi Minh) founded Thanh Nien (Youth) Newspaper, the voice of the Vietnam Revolutionary Youth Association (one of the components of the later Communist Party of Vietnam). That also marked the birth of the Vietnam Revolutionary Press.

Over the past years, June 21 has become not only a festive day for all Vietnamese press and media workers, but also an occasion for the press sector to express its gratitude to the Party, State and people for their support and assistance for press and media workers in fulfilling their tasks.

Looking back at the 95-year history of the Vietnam Revolutionary Press, today’s generation of press and media workers is so proud that their forerunners wholeheartedly devoted their hearts and minds as well as their blood to the national liberation and Fatherland protection cause in the past.

Facts have shown that press and media workers have always had a firm political position, revolutionary moral virtues, and high professional expertise while performing their tasks of disseminating the Party and State’ policies and giving information to the people.

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During the wars, press and media workers worked on the frontline and contributed a large number of excellent journalism pieces that truly reflected the brutality of the war and the heroism of the revolutionary army and people. They were a great source of encouragement for the military and people to defeat the enemy, develop the economy, and build a better society during the past war.

These journalism pieces have now become valuable historical documentations for the archives sector and research circle, as well as good lessons for today’s generation of press and media workers. 

Since the Party initiated and led the comprehensive reform in 1986, the Vietnam Revolutionary Press sector has played a key role in connecting the Party and State with the people; served as an important socio-political forum for all people to raise their voice and participate in making policies, supervising the authorities’ performances and managing the society; and become a useful information channel for the Party and State to continuously supplement, adjust, and complete policies and laws. 

The press and media sector has made many contributions to the nation’s great successes in the 35-year renovation process. Recognizing the great contributions of the press and media sector, the Party and State bestowed the “Golden Star” Order (in 2010) and the “Ho Chi Minh” Order (in 2000) to the Vietnam Journalists’ Association.

Alongside the development of the nation, the press and media sector continuously grows in terms of the number of publications, journalism forms, and technologies. Meanwhile, press and media workers always try their utmost to improve their professional expertise and innovate press and media products. Thus, the sector now has a very important position and a great impact on society.

As Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong said the country has now had a higher position, a larger fortune and a bigger power than ever before. In this circumstance, all Vietnamese press and media workers are committed to serving as the “faithful recorder of the contemporary times,” truly reflecting all aspects of life, particularly the socio-economic development of the country. The press and media sector should also serve as the Party’s sharp tool in the ideological and cultural front, and a forum of the people.

In performing its noble mission, the press and media sector should put itself under the comprehensive and direct leadership of the Party and management of the State, and operate in the framework of the Vietnamese Constitution and laws. The press and media should always give correct information in a timely and effective manner that meets the increasing demand of people for information. They should also orient people toward social consensus and guide people toward productive and peaceful thoughts, ethics, and aesthetics.

The age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is requiring the press and media to develop faster. Press and media agencies have both opportunities and challenges. On one hand, the sector has a good opportunity to apply scientific and technological advances to become a revolutionary, professional and modern force. On the other hand, it has to compete with various information flows, particularly those on social networks. 

In this context, the press and media should seriously implement Decision 362/QĐ-TTg issued on April 3, 2019 by the Prime Minister on planning the development and management of the national press and media toward 2025” and Decree 43-CT/TW issued on April 8, 2020 by the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat on enhancing the leadership of the Party over the operation of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association in the new context. Press and media agencies should also actively overcome their weaknesses and strictly punish the journalists who have downgraded their professional ethics or had many wrongdoings at work.

Written by the Editorial Board

Translated by Thu Nguyen