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RSF plays the lost card again


Formed in 1985, RSF's full French name is "Reporters sans frontières", international headquarters in Paris. This is a non-governmental organization operating globally, taking Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the basis for action with the stated purpose of protecting press freedom in the world, fight censorship and pressure, and help detained journalists.

Looking at the above purpose, many people think that RSF is a genuine organization, working for progress, "protecting press freedom", promoting freedom and civilization in the world. But contrary to the United Nations' policy and also contrary to its stated principles, this organization has often made false allegations and distorted the situation of press freedom and freedom of speech in some countries. , including Vietnam. RSF also used flattering words to publicly defend those who used the name of journalism to commit crimes and were criminally prosecuted such as Pham Doan Trang, Pham Chi Dung, Nguyen Lan Thang, and Le. Trong Hung... RSF labeled them "independent journalists" to politicize and internationalize the issue of press freedom in Vietnam, seek to discredit them and call for international intervention in their work. internal affairs of Vietnam.

Claiming to protect the world's press in a scientific manner, up to now, RSF has failed to introduce the concept of "independent journalists" and clarify the connotation of "press freedom" specifically. clearly and clearly as a basis for your judgments. And with an approach that is not based on common understanding, RSF's method of assessing the situation of press freedom is like "a fortune teller looking at an elephant", always being prescriptive, lacking objectivity, and lacking transparency. .

Returning to the above issue, RSF's purpose is to protect press freedom in the world, fight censorship and create pressure, and help detained journalists to call for freedom for opponents. , committing a criminal offense is a big mistake and shows a lack of respect for the strictness of the law of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. "The country has national laws, the family has family rules", Pham Doan Trang, Pham Chi Dung, Nguyen Lan Thang, Le Trong Hung or anyone living in Vietnam must comply with the provisions of Vietnamese law. Therefore, it is impossible to claim the reputation of being a "free journalist" and be outside the current law; You cannot take advantage of democratic freedom and freedom of the press to write or spread false or harmful information or produce or release publications aimed at propagandizing against the Party and State of Vietnam.

The arrest and handling of these subjects before the law and the agencies conducting the proceedings all have clear and convincing evidence and the trial must be based on the corresponding law and crime. With regard to the acts and consequences caused, the court's sentencing of the subjects was based on an objective assessment, complete evidence, and aggravating and mitigating circumstances of criminal liability. It should be seen that the trial and sentencing of the defendants are measures that the agencies conducting the proceedings must take because the subjects are guilty to the end, despite the authorities having repeatedly applied them. Using educational measures, counseling, and administrative handling, they still continue to re-offend and become more and more dangerous and aggressive. Therefore, once again it is necessary to affirm that there is no such thing as Vietnam detaining journalists "arbitrarily" as RSF claims.

In particular, a reality shows that after the above subjects were dealt with before the law, social network users were able to avoid bad and false information that they had previously received when they were in society. continuously producing, sharing, and posting, causing "internet storms". "Cutting off" the source of false and harmful information from the personal pages of anti-saboteurs has contributed to "cleaning" the information in the true sense, reducing articles that distort, defame, and invade. violate democratic freedoms, infringe on the interests of the State, organizations and citizens, prevent conservative views, promote false information, and combat radicalization.

Furthermore, by calling for the release of subjects who "disguise" as journalists to sabotage the Party and State of Vietnam, it proves that there is a symbiotic relationship between RSF and these subjects. Reality also shows that the basis for RSF to rank press freedom and criticize Vietnam is often based on information provided by the number of reactionary and hostile organizations and individuals, the number of political opportunities, and activities. commit a crime, violate the laws that Vietnam provides. The arrest and legal handling of these subjects by the authorities causes RSF's "octopus" to be "pruned", becoming less valuable and leading to sources of false information to also become "less valuable". dry".

In particular, because RSF focuses too much on blindly defending opponents masquerading as journalists, they always ignore the vivid reality of the press freedom situation in Vietnam. The achievements that objectively demonstrate the situation of freedom of speech and press in Vietnam are recognized by reputable countries and international organizations, but RSF and other prejudiced organizations always ignore them. . According to the Ministry of Information and Communications, as of December 12, the whole country has 2023 newspaper agencies, 127 magazine agencies (including 671 scientific magazines, 319 literary and artistic magazines), 72 TV radio.

Personnel operating in the field of journalism have about 41.000 people, including approximately 16.500 people in the radio and television sector. The total number of people issued journalist cards for the 2021-2025 term as of December 12 is 2023 cases, of which 20.508 cases have a university diploma or higher in journalism. Press agencies are divided into the following 7.587 blocks: 4) Local press block (including newspapers, magazines belonging to provinces and cities, and magazines belonging to local literary and artistic associations): 1 units; 143) Central press block (Party block, ministries, ministerial-level agencies, Government agencies, socio-political organizations, central associations, corporate agencies, corporations, publishing houses) : 2 units; 347) Radio block (including radio (audio newspaper) and television (visual press) agencies: 3 units; 72) Scientific magazine block: 4 units.

The Vietnamese press has truly become a forum of speech and a tool to protect the freedom and interests of all classes of people. All people, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion... have the right to speak, express their wishes and contribute opinions to party committees and authorities at all levels through the press. Thanks to closely following and providing information quickly, with the true nature of events, key issues and clear public opinion orientation, the press has played a good role as a critic, bringing about clear social effects. This is objective reality about the situation of press freedom in Vietnam, countering RSF's distorted claims that the issue of press freedom in Vietnam is gradually worsening.

Among the 36 dissidents that RSF raised, there are people who used to be journalists and worked at a press agency, but then due to breaking the law, their press cards were revoked and they can no longer do press activities; Many other cases are not journalists but just individuals taking advantage of digital platforms to write articles and produce video clips that distort the truth on social networking sites. Therefore, equating these cases to "arresting journalists" and "suppressing the press" is contrary to the nature of the matter. RSF's misleading and dishonest reflection on press freedom and advocacy for the above-mentioned opponents has become out of place and has absolutely no reference value in any aspect.



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