PSNews - The Party Central Committee's Commission for Information and Education in collaboration with the Central Steering Committee for External Information Work and Nhan Dan (People's) newspapers held a ceremony on June 14 to honor winners of the National External Information Service Awards 2017.
The Organizing Board of the National External Information Service Awards 2017 received 970 entries (a rise of about 9% year-on-year) which are made in 15 languages – Vietnamese, English, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Bulgarian, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Lao, Khmer, Slovakian, German and Thai.
In particular, of the entries, there are 22 articles of foreigners from Russia, China, Spain, Cuba, India, France, Germany, etc.
According to the judges, the works have actively contributed to promoting the land, people and history of Vietnam to the world. They have touched upon political, economic, social and cultural lives of Vietnamese at home and abroad.
The works have reflected guidelines of the Party, policies and laws of the State, as well as Vietnam’s views and stance on regional and international issues in an accurate, timely and vivid way, while opposing false and distorted information about the country.
The award honored 7 first prizes, 15 second prizes, 18 third prizes and 27 consolidation prizes, in the categories of print newspaper and electronic newspaper in Vietnamese and foreign languages, radio broadcast, television broadcast, press photo and book.
Addressing the ceremony, Deputy PM and FM Minh congratulated the winners of the award, which, he said, has helped enhance connectivity and coordination between foreign news service units, as well as between domestic and foreign news services.
The 2017 contest’s success has not only reflected the prestige of the award but also affirmed the important role of the external information work in national construction and development, the official said.
He attributed achievements recorded in the country’s foreign affairs in 2017, especially the APEC Year, to contributions of the external information work, including the award.
External information has helped raise trust, consensus and support of people from all walks of life, both at home and abroad, and create an aggregate strength to affirm Vietnam’s prestige and position in the international area, Minh noted.
He urged the external information work, including the award, to keep a close watch on domestic and international situations to serve the interests of the nation.
Via the award, the external information work, should renew form, content and ways to access audience, focusing on foreigners and foreign countries and territories, in an accurate, timely, flexible and suitable manner.
The official also underlined the need to increase information in foreign languages, especially news about the country’s socio-economic development, national sovereignty protection, guidelines and policies, while stepping up the application of information-technology in the work.
More attention should be paid to personnel training, he said, suggesting that the award should be rolled out on a larger scale to promote its prestige.By Linh Bui