Vo Van Thuong, head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education addresses the conference (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The fourth industrial revolution and the development of digital technology have affected media technology, requiring journalists to improve their knowledge and skills to avoid lagging behind, a Party official has said.

The statement was made by Vo Van Thuong, head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education at a national conference in Hanoi on January 18 to review media performance in 2016 and set tasks for 2017.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam noted that as information technology is booming, demand for information is rising, provoking fierce competition.

He urged the Ministry of Information and Communications to strengthen the provision of information to the media, while expressing hope that the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education as well as other ministries and sectors will coordinate to provide news to the media.

Participants at the conference highlighted the need for media management agencies to work harder to give proper direction on media coverage in all fields, especially news related to sensitive matters.

Media agencies should exert efforts to overcome their shortcomings, while implementing the Press Law 2016 and moral regulations for journalists.

Looking back on media performance in 2016, participants at the event agreed that last year, the media followed the leadership of the Party and State, providing timely, accurate and comprehensive coverage of political, socio-economic issues of the country and the world while serving as a trustworthy forum for the people.

The sector made significant contributions to the success of the 12th National Party Congress and the election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly and the People’s Council at all levels for 2016-2021.

The press popularised achievements in the course of renewal, gave suggestions on solutions to various matters and combated corruption, wastefulness, and social evils.

However, problems remain in press activities, including violations in licenced principles of media organisations as well as inaccurate information affecting national interests and the prestige of organisations and individuals.-VNA