Vietnamese press history exhibited in HCM City hinh anh 1Visitors at the exhibition (Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) - A 10-day exhibition showcasing 300 covers and pages of Vietnamese newspapers published in the last 150 years has opened to the public in HCM City.

The exhibition entitled Gio Chong Bao Cu (Opening the Piles of Old Newspapers) organised by Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and Nha Nam company aims to help the public retrace the establishment and development of the industry since the first newspaper, Gia Dinh Bao (Gia Dinh Newspaper), was founded in April 15, 1865 in Saigon.

After scholar Truong Vinh Ky, known as Petrus Ky, founded the newspaper and became the paper's chief editor, the country's press industry experienced ups and downs as the country witnessed many changes.

Over a century and a half, the Vietnamese press has acted as the "secretary of history" by recording events about the political, cultural, and social situation of the country.

The 300 newspapers, together with important autographs of Vietnam's first generation of journalists, provide an overview of the long development path of the Vietnamese press.

The exhibition displays original copies of newspapers contributing to the formation of the country, including Gia Dinh Bao, Nam Phong Magazine, Tieng Dan and Luc Tinh Tan Van, to the first generation of revolutionary newspapers such as Su That, Nhan Dan and Doc Lap.

It showcases original copies of newspapers' spring editions printed decades ago, as well as keepsakes of famous journalists.

The newspapers can be seen until January 19 at the Southern representative office of Vietnam News Agency at 116-118 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street, District 3, HCM City.-VNA