Vietnam Journalists Told to Serve the Nation

Vietnam’s prime minister compares journalists to soldiers in a recent a media report — saying the press should should choose suitable times to report the truth and not report information that harms the country’s interests.

Vietnam has 17,000 journalists who are government employees and expected to be loyal soldiers, an idea at odds with western approaches to journalism.¬† Reporters Without Borders, a global media watchdog, last year ranked Vietnam 166th of 175 nations in press freedom; other organizations contend Vietnam’s restrictions on news media and the Internet threaten the country’s rapid economic progress.

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