The awarding ceremony of the first National External Information Service Awards in 2014 (Source: VNA)

Principles related to the management of external information service news and information activities including the responsibilities of Ministries, Government and State agencies and provincial-level People’s Committees were detailed in a recent Government Decree.

The Decree said activities concerning external information service need to comply with Party guidance and policies, State laws, signed international treaties and legal regulations in other countries where activities are arranged.

It added that external information service information are obligated not to affect national security, social order or safety; damage the prestige, image, diplomatic relations or international cooperation of Vietnam; disclose national secrets; incite people against the State or undermine the national great unity; instigate violence or propagandise aggressive war; or sow hatred among nations and peoples.

The Decree also underlined the need to ensure accurate, timely and in-depth information in line with Party orientations, State law and approved foreign relations information plans as well as avoid giving false and distorted information to diminish the honour of organisations and the dignity of individuals.

Under the Decree, the Ministry of Information and Communication will work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other ministries, Governmental agencies, provincial level People’s Committees and relevant agencies to implement the State management of foreign relations information activities.

External information includes the official information of Vietnam such as Party guidance and State policies and laws; the country’s history and socio-economic development; promoting Vietnam’s land and people; and international issues in Vietnam.

The Vietnam News Agency, the Radio Voice of Vietnam and Vietnam Television are among the agencies supplying the official information of Vietnam.-VNA.