The awards, instituted for the first time to recognise outstanding work done in disseminating information and promoting understanding about Party’s policies and aims, were given at a ceremony held in Ha Noi on February 3rd 2017 to celebrate the 87th anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

From a total of 1,173 entries for a journalism writing contest about Party-building, 47 were short-listed for prizes.

The three first prizes were given to writers with the publications mentioned above for a series of stories about preventing and fighting falling ethical and moral standards in the Party ranks.

Seven second prizes, 12 third prizes and 25 “encouragement prizes” were also awarded.

Two stories by reporters from the Vietnam News Agency that profiled several local young Party leaders won third prizes and another about border guards won an encouragement prize.

Speaking at the event, Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat, Dinh The Huynh, highlighted the leading role that the Party has played in the country’s Doi Moi (Renewal) process.

He said the revolutionary cause espoused by the Party for the last 87 years offered valuable lessons. It showed that building a clean and powerful Party were key tasks of each and every member, he added.

In the 30 years that the country engaged in the Doi Moi, process, journalists had made significant countributions to the work of Party-building, he said.

The work done in analyzing Paryt work, policies and theories had strengthened the Party’s leadership, he added.

Mr. Dinh The Huynh congratulated all the journalists who had participated in the contest, saying their work showcased their devotion, enabling the Party-building process.

He also urged media agencies and political organizations to support journalists in their work of reporting about the Party, particularly relating to the fight against all kinds of enemies, within and outside the country.

Pham Minh Chinh, Head of the Party Central Committee Organising Commission, said the new contest would capture the political implications of the Party’s fight against bureaucracy, corruption and wastefulness.

It would breath new life into the work of disseminating the Party’s work and aims, and help find solutions that would boost public confidence in the Party across the country, including among people in remote areas and the business sector, he said./.