Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications requires strict implementation of regulations on quoting sources and articles

Recently, the Department of Information and Communications of Ho Chi Minh City has issued the Official Dispatch No. 71/STTTT-TTĐT on the observance of the law in the activities of providing content on general websites and social networks.

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According to the Official Dispatch No. 71/STTTT-TTĐ, in order not to violate some contents according to the new regulations in Decree No. 119/2020/ND-CP on penalties for administrative violations in journalistic and publishing activities, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications requests the units to seriously implement the following contents:

1. Comply with regulations on quoting sources and articles: “When re-quoting information on websites, they must comply with regulations on sources specified in Clause 18, Article 3, and Clause 2, Article 20 of the Decree No. 72/2013/ND-CP, do not publish comments of readers on the quoted news and articles (except for the general website of the press agency". (Violations will be handled according to Point a Clause 2 Article 20 of Decree No. 119/2020/ND-CP with a fine ranging from VND 20,000,000 to VND 30,000,000)

2. Provide information on the home page as prescribed: “The home page of a website must have the following information: Name of the organization in charge of the website; name of the governing body (if any); address, email address, phone number, and name of the person in charge of information management; valid license number, licensing date, and licensing agency of the press agency” (according to Clause 3 Article 2 of the Circular No. 09/2014/TT-BTTTT). In case the unit changes one of the above contents, the unit is requested to carry out the procedures for amending and supplementing the license as prescribed in Article 23 of Decree No. 27/2018/ND-CP. (Violations will be handled according to Point dd Clause 1 Article 20 of Decree No. 119/2020/ND-CP with a fine ranging from VND 10,000,000 to VND 20,000,000)

3. For social networking sites that are not allowed to self-aggregate news articles from press agencies to publish on the website, the agreement on provision and use of social networks must be publicized on the homepage and ensure that users agree If you agree to use social networking services online, you can use the services and utilities of social networks (Point a, Point b, Clause 2, Article 23d of Decree No. 27/2018/ND-CP. (Violations will be handled according to Point a Clause 1 and Point c Clause 2 Article 100 of Decree No. 119/2020/ND-CP with a fine ranging from VND 20,000,000 to VND 50,000,000)

4. According to the provisions of Clause 3, Article 23b of Decree No. 27/2018/ND-CP: "The news website and social networking site of the same organization or enterprise may not use the same domain name". Therefore, the Department of Information and Communications requests the unit to stop operating one of the two general information websites or social networks (if any). (Violations will be handled according to Clause 3, Article 20 of Decree No. 119/2020/ND-CP with a fine ranging from VND 50,000,000 to VND 7,000,000, forcing domain name revocation for violations)

5. Implement the regime of periodical reports once a year and ad hoc reports at the request of competent state management agencies and are responsible for sending reports before January 15 of each year (prescribed at Point a, Clause 1 and Point 3, Article 9 of Circular No. 09/2014/TT-BTTTT). (Violations will be handled according to Clause 2, Article 21 of Decree No. 119/2020/ND-CP with a fine ranging from VND 5,000,000 to VND 10,000,000)

More details at the Official Dispatch No. 71/STTTT-TTĐ.

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