Vietnam, France exchange experience in press and heritage management

Sunday, 2017-07-02 15:19:00
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A Vietnamese delegation visits L'Humanité newspaper. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO – A delegation from the Party Central Committee's Central Commission for Education and Communications, led by Deputy Head Lam Phuong Thanh, paid a working visit to France from June 26 to July 1 to make exchanges on experience in electronic journal management, social networking and the preservation of cultural heritages between the two sides.

The delegation explored the activities of the French press related to publishing, printing and attracting readers at meetings with the Le Monde Diplomatique, L'Humanité of the French Communist Party and the French National Union of Journalists (SNJ).

According to French representatives, the French e-newspaper system is developing strongly, largely formed via extended versions of the print press, with very few independent operating newspapers. The majority of French newspapers use social networks to introduce as well as reach online readers in addition to advertising. One of the concerns of the French publishers is considering how to effectively utilise material and select information to ensure that it is responsive but not misleading or distorting information.

Patrick Kamenka, SNJ's international relations manager, said that newspapers in France face difficulties in issuing and mobilising funds. Currently, the SNJ is actively proposing that the government enhance support for printed journals so that they may remain in operation, as it is a traditional media type of high quality providing accurate information.

Printed newspapers in France are trying to maintain traditional print publications through innovating newspaper layouts to increase appeal and incorporate media types towards multimedia. This is also a general trend being applied in major newspapers around the world to maintain the important role and position of print newspapers in the modern press.

Regarding the preservation of French cultural heritages, Bruno Favel, Director of European and International Affairs under the Ministry of Culture and Communication, said that France is a country that highly values cultural heritage preservation, as it is a means of attracting tourists, which France welcomes up to 80 million per year, thereby promoting culture and contributing to the promotion of economic development.

The French side wants the two countries to continue playing an important role in UNESCO, and to strengthen cooperation on the preservation and promotion of the cultural heritages of each nation.

During meetings with the Vietnamese Embassy and the Vietnamese press agencies in France, including the Vietnam News Agency, Nhan Dan Newspaper and the Radio the Voice of Vietnam, Lam Phuong Thanh suggested that the embassy and press agencies in France deepen research into culture, economy and the lives of overseas Vietnamese people to enhance information reflected in the domestic press, while promoting economic diplomacy and calling for French investors and citizens to do business in Vietnam.

On the occasion, the Vietnamese delegation laid a wreath at the statue of President Ho Chi Minh and visited the Ho Chi Minh Space at the Museum of Living History in Montreuil city, Paris.

The delegation lays a wreath of flowers at President Ho Chi Minh’s statue in Montreau Park, Montreuil city. (Credit: NDO)