The delegates to the 9th Congress of the Vietnam Journalists Association (VJA) on August 12 passed amendments to the statutes of the Association, focusing on 7 major tasks.
These tasks include continuing to implement the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s resolution on the concepts and objectives of newspapers to meet requirements in the new stage and working out new solutions and methods for educating, training and improving qualifications of its members; protecting the legal rights of journalists; organising more cultural and sports activities; and expanding the VJA’s external affairs and international cooperation.
The Association approved a new 51-member Central Committee and its eleven executive members for the 2010-2015 term with Dinh The Huynh, member of the Party Central Committee and Editor-in-Chief of Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper re-elected as chairman.
The four Vice Presidents include Ta Ngoc Tan, member of the Party Central Committee and Editor-in-Chief of the Cong San (Communist) Magazine; Pham Quoc Toan, Vice Chairman of the VJA in the last term; Ha Minh Hue, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA); and Ma Dieu Cuong, Deputy General Director of Ho Chi Minh City Television and Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City’s Journalists Association.
In his closing speech, President Huynh said electronic newspapers now have the advantage of updating information instantly and enjoy great popularity. However, a lot of information in newspapers is duplicated and/or copied to become boring to readers.
The increase in the price of paper and printing materials plus the decrease in the number of publications and advertisements have reduced the income of the printed newspapers but they still have to pay taxes like other commercial businesses.
Television and radio stations also face fierce competition in information, human resources and income.
President Huynh confirmed that these challenges are forcing the news agencies to improve the lay-out and quality of the content to make it more attractive to the readers. Vietnamese journalists should accept this reality and be ready to iron out any snag in their career advancement.
He proposed renovating and modernising the equipment for journalists and urged the Party and State to create suitable policies and to help journalists improve their profession, especially their capacity for using modern communications technology, making full use of the advantages of the most up to date technologies and organising their structure to fully exploit the human resources, especially young journalists.
The advantages of new kinds of communication such as blogs, social networking and internet TV should be taken into account, President Huynh said.
Regarding violence against in the field, the VJA leader said that there should be a hotline to collect information on these cases and that information should be publicize wildly to bring public pressure to bear upon related management agencies to resolve such cases.