A charity and art programme entitled “Journalists – Events and Witnesses” took place in Hanoi on June 20 to celebrate the 86th Vietnamese Revolutionary Press Day (June 21, 1925-2011).

Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan and Standing Vice President of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association Ha Minh Hue attended the event, which was jointly held by the Journalist & Public Opinion newspaper, the Labour and Social Affairs newspaper, Vietnam Digital Television VTC and the Capital Media Joint Stock Company.

The programme, the fifth of its kind organised so far, provided an opportunity for the public to exchange and share moving memories with Vietnamese journalists as well as honour and pay tribute to more than 400 journalists who sacrificed their lives for national independence.

On the occasion, the Organising Board presented 60 savings books, each worth 5 million VND, to Agent Orange victims and wheelchairs to 50 war invalids.

Two houses of gratitude, each worth 50 million VND, will be built for families of fallen soldiers.

The audience listened to writer-cum-journalist Minh Chuyen, who has authored many articles stirring public opinions, such as “Cha con nguoi linh” (Solider Father and Son) and “Linh hon Viet Cong” (Vietnamese Communist Soul).

Chuyen said a journalist must stand firm against any difficulty.

After four times of organising, the programme built 10 houses of gratitude and presented 200 savings books, 100 wheelchairs and gifts worth over 2 billion VND in total to martyrs’ relatives, AO victims and war invalids with special difficulties./.