Gov’t or­ders news sto­ries kept for at least a year

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

HAØ NOÄI — A dig­i­tal copy of ev­ery news and fea­ture story pub­lished on on­line news­pa­pers must be stored in­de­pen­dently and kept un­changed for at least one year for in­spec­tion pur­pose, the gov­ern­ment has said. This is part of the Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to store an elec­tronic de­pos­i­tory for the press, which in­cludes ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and on­line news­pa­pers.

The de­ci­sion aims to help the Gov­ern­ment bet­ter as­sess the qual­ity of the me­dia in its re­port­ing on is­sues and events. It also per­mits reg­u­lar and unan­nounced in­spec­tions by autho­rised agen­cies. It will come into ef­fect on March 30.

As per the de­ci­sion, the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions will set up a data stock­pile to keep elec­tronic de­pos­i­to­ries of sto­ries and prod­ucts in ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and on­line news­pa­pers. The dig­i­tal copies of sto­ries and prod­ucts pub­lished on ra­dio and tele­vi­sion must be stored for at least six months from the date of first broad­cast, while that of on­line news­pa­pers must be main­tained for at least a year from the first date of pub­li­ca­tion. The elec­tronic de­pos­i­tory can be used as ev­i­dence while in­ves­ti­gat­ing vi­o­la­tions by the me­dia, and the pub­lish­ing of in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion.

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