Jointly launched by the People’s Army Newspaper, the Vietnam Journalists’ Association, and the Military Commercial Joint Stock Bank (MB), the organizing panel of the contest has received nearly 620 entries from more than 50 press agencies nationwide. Thirty two out of 60 works entering the final round, accounting for 53%, are long enough to have been published in three or five issues. This has demonstrated the due attention, great efforts, and intelligence of press agencies and each author in order to improve the quality of each entry.

Major General Doan Xuan Bo, Editor-in-Chief of the People's Army Newspaper and co-head of the organizing panel of the contest, speaks at the meeting with the press on the closing and awarding ceremony of the contest on April 22, 2024. 

According to the organizers, in this third edition, many works have focused on analyzing, emphasizing that protecting the fundamental and everlasting values of Marxism-Leninism, Ho Chi Minh’s Thought, Political Platform of the Communist Party of Vietnam, and the maintenance of the absolute and direct leadership of the Party over the armed forces in all aspects, contributing to protecting the Party’s ideological foundation. Some works have found new approaches, closely looking at specific issues, such as criticizing the wrongful views about internationalism of the working class; preventing and combating xenophilia in education; refuting the allegations that distort the Party's policy on “people benefiting;” fighting against hostile forces' plots of psychological manipulation; exposing the misrepresentation of social assistance policies in Vietnam; debunking political conspiracy theories of hostile forces; among others.

Notably, many other works have closely followed real situations, given timely response and resolutely combat against malicious and hostile information recently posted on social media, such as misrepresenting newly-published books by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong; distorting the Vietnamese bamboo diplomacy; and inciting a plot to establish the so-called “Provisional Government of Vietnam” in Lam Dong. Other works have criticized and fought signs of degradations in terms of political ideology, morality, and lifestyle, signs of “self-evolution” and “self-transformation” of some Party cadres and members, and distortions and deviations in cultural, literary, artistic, entertainment activities.

At the meeting of the jury of the contest on April 15, 2024 in Hanoi

In comparison with the two previous editions, this edition has more works introducing experiences and good deeds of agencies, units, localities in realizing the Resolution No.35 of the Politburo of the 12th tenure.

The organizers underlined that the success of this edition has come from the higher number of entries, which are diverse and deep in contents, contributing to connecting and gathering a large number of experts, scientists, and journalists from political theoretical research and training institutions and press agencies nationwide. The contest has helped strengthen trust, solidarity, and unity in the Party, political system, and the consensus of the society in building and defending the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

As the first winner of the second edition, Prof., Dr. Hoang Chi Bao, former member of the Central Theoretical Council, highly appreciated the People’s Army Newspaper for organizing such a contest, saying that it demonstrated the pro-activeness, activeness and the pioneering role of one of the top prestigious political press agencies in protecting the position, prestige, and leading mission of the Party. 

An art performance at the closing and awarding ceremony of the second edition

“That the People's Army Newspaper persistently and effectively disseminating information about Party building in general and continuing to organize the “Protecting the Party's ideological foundation in the new situation" contest in particular is a worthy work. That further affirms the position and role of the soldier- newspaper as a key press agency, a multimedia communications agency orienting public opinion. This is a correct, timely direction that meets both the Party and people's will,” said Prof., Dr. Hoang Chi Bao.

In the third edition, 38 best works will be awarded, including three first, seven second, 13 third, and 15 consolations prizes. The organizers will also commend and reward five press agencies with the most quality works.

The closing and awarding ceremony will take place at 20:00 on April 24 at the Hanoi Opera House and be broadcast live on the Military Broadcasting Center’s channel (QPVN).

Translated by Mai Huong