No plans for press privatization
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Vietnam has no plans to privatize the press in country, said Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son on June 12.
According to the nation’s press law, Son said the press is the voice of the government and the people’s forum.
| Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son at the online question-and-answer session between the minister, ministry officials and people was organized by the Government’s website on June 12. |
Son was responding to a question as to whether the ministry has any plans for privatization.
The online question-and-answer session between the minister, ministry officials and people was organized by the Government’s website.
Son also said that so far the ministry has had no plans or proposals to set up media groups.
Regarding a question on communication planning until 2021, Son said the ministry is drafting a plan which included the transformation from analog to digital television.
Digitization will improve television quality, he said.
By 2020, a television transformation market would be formed with three broadcasting networks, based on national infrastructures, aiming to save costs and resources for television and broadcasting agencies.
The government will encourage the manufacture of affordable, quality receivers so that everyone, including those in remote areas, are able to access digital television.
There were currently 786 press organizations in Vietnam, with 195 print newspapers, over 590 magazines, 61 news websites and 67 radio and television broadcasting stations, plus 17,000 journalists granted press cards.