Viet­nam War pro­pa­ganda broad­caster ‘Hanoi Han­nah’ dies

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SILKY-VOICED com­mu­nist pro­pa­ganda broad­caster “Hanoi Han­nah”, fa­mous for urg­ing Amer­i­can GIs to leave her coun­try dur­ing the Viet­nam War, has died at age 87, friends said yes­ter­day.

The ra­dio pre­sen­ter, whose real name was Trinh Thi Ngo, was among dozens of Viet­namese jour­nal­ists drafted by the com­mu­nist regime to in­un­date the coun­try with an­tiUS rhetoric dur­ing the con­flict that ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon and Amer­ica’s de­feat.

“GI, your gov­ern­ment has aban­doned you. They have or­dered you to die,” she said in one of her on-air ap­peals in English dur­ing the drain­ing war.

“Don’t trust them. They lied to you, GIs, you know you can­not win this war.”

In daily broad­casts on state-run Voice of Viet­nam (VOV) from the north­ern cap­i­tal Hanoi, Han­nah would list the names of Amer­i­can troops killed in com­bat, read US news­pa­per ar­ti­cles about anti-war protests, and lull lis­ten­ers with Joan Baez and Bob Dy­lan tunes.

Rarely did she speak of Viet­namese losses or Amer­i­can suc­cesses in her broad­casts, which were care­fully con­trolled by the com­mu­nist au­thor­i­ties.

Ms Trinh died on Septem­ber 30 at her home in Ho Chi Minh City, ac­cord­ing to the Voice of Viet­nam.

Photo: AFP

Trinh Thi Ngo with a picture of her­self when she was “Hanoi Han­nah”.

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