The first prize winners of Bua Liem Vang (Golden Hammer & Sickle) Press Awards. (Source: VNA)

 Hanoi (VNA) – Winners of the second Bua Liem Vang (Golden Hammer & Sickle) Press Awards were honoured at a ceremony at the Hanoi Opera House on February 3 night.

The event was attended by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong, former CPV General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, President Tran Dai Quang, former President Tran Duc Luong, and former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, among others.

The contest received nearly 2,000 entries, up from 1,173 entries of the previous event, with 54 selected for prizes, including six first, eight second, 15 third and 25 consolidation prizes.

The first prizes went to journalist Bac Van from Nhan Dan (People’s) Daily, Tran Luu from Sai Gon Giai phong (Liberated Saigon) newspapers, a group of journalists from Nhan Dan Television, Tri Dung from the Vietnam News Agency, Phuong Lien and Nhat Nam from Government e-newspaper and Viet Anh from Vietnam Television.

Besides, the organisation board also presented certificates of merit to outstanding press and information agencies, and Party organisations.

Apart from the first prize of Tri Dung, journalists from the Vietnam News Agency also brought home a third prize and a consolidation prize. The agency was also one of the 15 outstanding press and information agencies, and Party organisations hounoured at the ceremony.

Addressing the event, head of the CPV Central Committee’s Organisation Commission Pham Minh Chinh, who is also head of the organising board, said the works have provided a panorama on Party building in Vietnam.

Tran Quoc Vuong, head of the CPV Central Committee’s Inspection Commission, said that Party building and rectification is the task shared by all-level Party Committees and organisations, as well as the entire political system and people of all social strata.

“The press plays an important role in the work,” he stressed, asking all-level Party Committees, authorities and Fatherland Front, and organisations to create conditions for press agencies and journalists to popularise Party building and rectification.

The 2018 Bua Liem Vang (Golden Hammer & Sickle) Press Awards, also the third edition of the contest, was also launched on this occasion.-VNA