Addressing the opening, VFF President Nguyen Thien Nhan expressed his pleasure at seeing such a warm response to this year’s awards, with the largest number ever of entries and press agencies joining the event.
The award programme saw 200 news agencies across the country send in around 1,354 press works, reflecting vivid aspects of daily life while outlining and encouraging the VFF’s activities from the central to the grassroots level, Politburo member Nhan said.
He also expressed his wish that in the coming years journalists and media agencies would continue to participate in the award programme to promote the press’s strength in raising public awareness of the necessity of the bloc of great national great and to replicate effective models of the VFF and other sociopolitical organisations in society.
According to VFF Vice President Le Ba Trinh, after twelve seasons, the award has helped cheer and encourage press agencies and media practitioners in the country to actively participate in spreading the policy of ideological unity and solidarity, as well as reflecting the operations of the VFF system at all levels to build a bloc of great national unity under the leadership of the Party with the aim of building a rich people, a strong country and an equitable, democratic and civilised society.
On behalf of the winners honoured at the ceremony, journalist Nguyen Thi Mai Hong from Radio the Voice of Vietnam, who won an A prize for a project with her colleagues, namely “Promoting Vietnamese Intellectual Strength in the New Era,” expressed her feeling of honour upon winning the prize.
She said that her team had strived their best to finalise their press work with the highest quality, that they had fulfilled their journalistic responsibility to the public and joined hands to consolidate and develop the bloc of great national unity.
At the ceremony, the organising board presented the award to a total of 100 works, including five A, 20 B, 33 C and 42 consolation prizes. Nhan Dan Newspaper won two B, two C and one consolation prizes.
The award programme is held jointly by the VFF Central Committee, the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Education and Communications, the Vietnam Journalists’ Association, Vietnam Television, Radio the Voice of Vietnam and Nhan Dan Newspaper.
VFF President Nguyen Thien Nhan speaks at the award ceremony. (Credit: NDO)