The 2010 National Press Awards were given to 128 outstanding works at a ceremony, broadcast live on Vietnam Television, in Hanoi on June 21 in celebration of the 86th anniversary of Vietnam’s Revolutionary Press Day.

Speaking at the award presentations, Politburo member Truong Tan Sang hailed the Vietnamese revolutionary press for promptly honouring excellent individuals in various fields, as well as detecting and criticising wrongdoings and deeds that were not beneficial to the national construction and defence.

As a permanent member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, Sang praised the Vietnamese revolutionary press for uncompromisingly fighting against distorted news information made up by hostile forces while unswervingly helping foreign readers gain a better understanding of the Vietnamese people and country.

He said the tasks of the Vietnamese revolution in the new circumstance have required Vietnamese journalists to further enrich their knowledge, cultivate revolutionary ethics, and immerse deeply into every social activity to enable them to sharpen their pens with stories that keep abreast of life.

The 128 best works, selected from 161 final entries, included two ‘A’, 24 ‘B’, 43 ‘C’ and 59 consolation prizes.

One of the two ‘A' prizes came to the Vietnam News Agency’s work “Ly Son – a vivid museum on the history of Vietnam’s sovereignty over Truong Sa and Hoang Sa” in the reporting category for printed press. The other went to the Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper.

The entries in the final round were works reflecting the socio-economic, cultural development and politics, security in the country, and contributing to national construction and defence.

Many works deeply introduced new figures, examples of good people and good deeds, outstanding persons in socio-economic activities, and the fight against corruption, negative phenomena, hostile forces and acts sabotaging the State.

The 2010 National Press Awards received 1,321 entries, the largest number so far, for eight categories of prizes, a 30 percent increase over the previous year./.