The media needs to focus on preparations made for the upcoming seventh Party Congress as it is the core political task of the entire Party and the political system in 2015, a Party senior official said.

They should report fully feedback on draft documents prepared for the Congress, suggested Le Hong Anh, Politburo member and standing member of the Secretariat of the Party’s Central Committee.

At a national conference in Hanoi on December 31 to review media activities in 2014 and set out plans for 2015, Le Hong Anh pointed out that the regional and global situations continue to have complicated and unpredicted developments.

The media should, therefore, pay greater attentions to their coverage of resolutions, guidelines, and conclusions of the Party and State relating to socio-economic development, sea and island sovereignty protection, sea-based economy, and border demarcation, he asked.

Dinh The Huynh, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, and head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Communications and Education, said 2015 will be marked by a lot of important political and socio-economic events.

The media should continue efforts to solidify social consensus on the implementation of guidelines, policies, and measures designed by the Party and Government, he emphasised.

The media should promptly draw out effective communication plans regarding the organisation of the Party Congress at all levels in the run up to the seventh National Party Congress, he said.

According to a report at the conference, throughout 2014, the media’s strong performance was evidenced by its coverage of all beats of life in an accurate, full, multi-dimensional, and prompt manner, actively contributing to the national construction and defence as well as the building of socialism, deserving as a reliable forum of the entire people.

At the same time, the media took important part in the protection of the national sovereignty over sea and islands, raising voice against wrongful arguments of hostile forces, said the report.

The report, however, pointed out a number of shortcomings, including the deviation from registered principles and purposes by some newspapers, as well as the production of unconstructive or wrongful information and scandals affecting the prestige of the country, organisations, businesses, and individuals.-VNA