National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan at the meeting (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan expressed thanks to press and media outlets for partnering with the legislature and covering its activities over the past years during a meeting in Hanoi on January 21.

She said columns and programmes on newspapers and radio and television stations in 2018 highlighted regular activities of the NA, the NA Standing Committee and NA agencies with more diverse contents, notably the confidence vote casting or question-and-answer sessions featured by vivid photos or analyses by experts.

Ngan said efforts by press agencies and reporters have brought the legislature’s activities closer to constituents and the public.

Highlighting the media’s vanguard role in providing full information and creating public consensus on polices and laws adopted by the NA, the top legislator said closer collaboration between the media and the NA Office and agencies is needed.  

She urged reporters to fully grasp contents of policies in draft laws discussed by lawmakers when it comes to covering news about legislation activities, ensuring correctness and objectiveness.

At the same time, the press and media outlets must serve as forums to acquire public feedback on draft laws, raise public awareness of approved laws, and closely monitor legal enforcement.

According to the leader, winning trust of readers and constituents is the most important to creating public consensus, thus information orientation and fight against wrongful allegations on social media could be effective, especially amid competition among new media channels at present. Such requires the press and media outlets to improve the quality of news and articles, she said.

As the legislature will adopt 18 draft laws in 2019, Chairwoman Ngan wished that the press and media outlets would continue partnering with the law-making body.

She asked the NA’s Ethnic Council and committees to work closely with the NA Secretary General to provide timely information for the media, offer all possible support to reporters during and after the NA’s sessions.

The leader also suggested ensuring harmony in news reporting about legislative, executive and judicial fields so that the public could be fully understanding the State activities.-VNA