On September 07, 2015, the Government issued the Decree No. 72/2015/ND-CP on management of external information activities, official information on Vietnam, information promoting the image of Vietnam, and information on the world situation into Vietnam.

In accordance with regulations prescribed in this Decree, foreign news and press agencies, communication companies and reporters shall be supported and facilitated in writing news and articles and producing programs and publications in order to introduce Vietnam in the foreign mass media.

Official information on Vietnam means information on guidelines of the Party, policies and laws of the State; information on the situation of Vietnam in various fields; information on the history of Vietnam and other information. Official information on Vietnam shall be proactively provided to international communities and overseas Vietnamese by ministries, ministerial-level agencies, government-attached agencies and provincial-level People’s Committees according to their functions, tasks and powers. And official information on Vietnam may be provided in official statements delivered at international events and forums, international press conferences and national press conferences; official statements of state management agencies; external activities of state management agencies; external activities, making of statements, organization of events, publication of information on websites and other activities of overseas representative missions of Vietnam….

The external information activities must ensure information be accurate, timely and conformable with external information orientations set by the Party and the State in each period and approved external information programs and plans; not to make untruthful, distortional and slanderous news in order to offend the honor of organizations and honor and dignity of citizens.

This Decree takes effect on October 22, 2015.

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