The Information and Communications Ministry announced on February 9 the withdrawal of licence of the Nguoi Cao Tuoi (The Elderly) newspaper and the press card of its editor-in-chief.

The decision follows an inspection of the newspaper by the ministry.

The Ministry also recommended that the Vietnam Association of the Elderly should dismiss Kim Quoc Hoa, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper.

In its report, the ministry said that the newspaper violated several sections of the Law on Journalism and other legal regulations.

The print newspaper had published a number of complaints and comments that had no legal foundation, the report said.

It also reportedly published some articles that revealed confidential information related to national security and abused democratic rights to undermine the nation's legal benefits.

The online newspaper had allegedly published several articles that distorted the truth, aimed at insulting and making false accusations against some organisations and individuals.

Regarding copyright regulations, the newspaper published a number of articles in the “world” section without crediting the original sources, the report said.

The newspaper is also said to have published inappropriate advertisements by using the names of doctors for advertising medicines or functional food.

The Ministry added that during the inspection of the newspaper, it continued to receive several complaints about the content published on the newspaper's website.

The Ministry has transferred all concerned documents to the investigative unit of the Public Security Ministry for further investigation.-VNA