Vietnam News Agency's booth at the National Press Festival. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi, (VNA) – The National Press Festival kicked off at the Hanoi Museum in Tu Liem district, Hanoi, on March 16 under the theme of “Vietnamese press accompanies the nation in renewal.”  

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong sent a flower basket to the event.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said with larger scale and diverse, attractive activities, this year’s event reflects the development of the domestic press and its contributions to the nation’s completion of socio-economic targets in 2017, as well as to building the Party and the Government, ensuring political security, and promoting the land and people of Vietnam to the world.

The official expressed his belief that in 2018, the press will make more reforms and continue to accompany the nation in development.

Chairman of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association (VJA) Thuan Huu, who is also head of the steering board of the festival, said the event attracts 55 units from the VJA and its branches, journalism training institutes, and companies specialising in press equipment.

A highlight at the festival is the four thematic displays -  “The press with Party building,” “The press with National Assembly and voters,” “The press with the building of an integrated, development-facilitating and action-oriented Government,” and “Ethics of journalists.”

The festival also features a forum on the press’s role in Government building, along with numerous exchanges, seminars, photo and painting exhibitions, and art performances.

On this occasion, the organisation board will grant awards to outstanding press research works for the first time, besides traditional prizes.

The festival is jointly held by the VJA, the Hanoi People’s Committee, the CPV Central Committee’s Information and Education Commission, the Ministry of Information and Communications, and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The opening ceremony was broadcast live on Vietnam Television and Radio The Voice of Vietnam.-VNA