‘The press is not for a few people to see, but to serve the people’

President Ho Chi Minh’s great revolutionary career is closely associated with Vietnamese press activities. Going out to find a way to save the country in 1911, after 7 years of traveling to Asia, Africa, Europe, and America, observing the political and social situation of the countries here, he stayed in France to participate. the workers’ movement, the socialist movement, and began to learn to write newspapers.

In early 1919, he joined the French Socialist Party, taking the name Nguyen Ai Quoc, on behalf of the patriotic Vietnamese people in France, sent to the Versailles Conference “The claim of the Vietnamese people”, including 8 points, required the French government to recognize the democratic freedoms and equality of the Vietnamese people. That claim, under the pseudonym Nguyen Ai Quoc, was published in the newspaper “Human Dao”, the mouthpiece of the French Socialist Party.

At the end of 1919, Uncle Ho also wrote many articles, signed Nguyen Ai Quoc, denouncing the crimes of the French colonialists such as articles: “Indigenous issues”, “Indochinese and Korean” … published in the newspaper “Human Dao”. and the newspaper “People of Paris”.

In 1922, the founder of the newspaper Le Paria (The Poor); as editor, editor, editor, treasurer and publisher… His articles published in Le Paria such as “Racial hatred”, “Civilizationists”… all denounced the crimes of the owner. colonialism towards the peoples of the colonial countries.

President Ho Chi Minh edits the bulletin at the Presidential Palace – Photo: Ho Chi Minh Museum

On June 30, 1923, Nguyen Ai Quoc went to the Soviet country, but many articles signed by Nguyen Ai Quoc continued to be published in newspapers in France. At the end of 1923, he entered the Oriental University in Moscow, which fostered Marxism-Leninism for revolutionary soldiers of the colonial countries. Uncle wrote the article “Lenin and the colonial peoples”, published in the newspaper “Truth”, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

At the end of 1924, Uncle Ho contacted the revolutionary movement in the country, opened a political training school to train cadres, established “Vietnam Revolutionary Youth Comrade Hoi” and founded the newspaper “Thanh Nien”. The first issue was published on June 21, 1925.

To remember his merits in the field of journalism, the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee decided to make June 21 every year as ‘Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day’.

Uncle Ho also founded many other newspapers: “Kong Nong” newspaper for workers and farmers, born in December 1926. Newspaper “Soldier Kach Manh”, the predecessor of the newspaper “People’s Army”, was published in December 1927. On March 11, 1951, the newspaper “People” was born from his idea. Up to June 1, 1969, before leaving, Uncle Ho wrote 1,205 articles for the People’s Daily with 23 different pseudonyms.

It can be said that in any situation and position, writing newspapers became the need for his revolutionary activities. Uncle’s means of work is a portable typewriter that is always by his side; Whenever he has free time, he writes articles for newspapers in easy-to-read and understandable language.

During his life for the people and for the country, Uncle Ho wrote thousands of articles, including all kinds of news, commentary, research, investigation, pen autographs, propaganda poems, examples of good people and good deeds…, all exude a strong, deep fighting spirit…

Not only that, Uncle Ho always reminded generations of Vietnamese revolutionary journalists that: “Press officers are also revolutionary soldiers. Pen and paper are their sharp weapons. To fulfill their glorious duties, press cadres need to cultivate revolutionary morality”.

Learning and following Uncle Ho, the 11th National Congress of the Vietnam Journalists Association (term of 2020-2025) approved the Resolution, affirming the determination to unite, be creative, and take responsibility for building journalism. The Vietnamese revolution is professional, humane and modern, making a worthy contribution to the construction and defense of the Fatherland.

In particular, the team of journalists must continue to strive to improve their political bravery, professional qualifications and professional ethics to well fulfill their assigned political tasks.

The press continues to promote its ideological, truthful, combative, and popular character. Fighting for ideals and revolutionary goals in national construction and defense, serving the interests of the nation and nation. The fighting nature of the press is to criticize the bad habits in society; struggle with the conspiracy against the revolutionary cause, against the renewal of the country… Mass is an article that needs to be simple and easy to understand for all classes of people.

In the new period, the Vietnamese revolutionary press needs to continue to promote its strengths, overcome its shortcomings, and improve its combativeness to remain a sharp ideological tool of the Party and a reliable forum of the Party. people.

Doing well that noble task is that journalists have implemented Uncle Ho’s teachings on the responsibility and ethics of the press: “Our press is not for a few people to see but to serve the people. , in order to propagate and explain the lines and policies of the Party and the Government, so it must have a mass and combat character”.

Celebrating the 97th anniversary of the Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day, journalists and press agencies are more deeply imbued with Uncle Ho’s teachings to meet the requirements of the nation and the times.

According to Chinhphu.vn


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