Who are subjects to be considered for issue of press card in Vietnam?

Who are subjects to be considered for issue of press card in Vietnam?
Lê Trương Quốc Đạt

Who are subjects to be considered for issue of press card in Vietnam? - Ngoc An (Tien Giang)

Who is considered for a press card?
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Regarding this issue, LawNet answers as follows:

1. Who are subjects to be considered for issue of press card in Vietnam?

According to Article 26 of the Press Law 2016, subjects to be considered for issue of press card include:

- The general director, deputy general director, director, deputy director, editor-in-chief and deputy chief editor of press agencies and news agencies.

- Head of department, deputy head of department of press operation of press agencies and news agencies.

- Reporters and editors of press agencies and news agencies.

- Cameraman, director of broadcasting and television programs, (excluding movies) of units issued with the press operation permit in the field of broadcasting and television and documentary production of the State.

- Reporter, editor and person in charge of activities of reporter, editor at the broadcasting station and television station at district level or the equivalent.

- Persons who have been issued with the press card but transferred to perform another job but still make journalistic products that are used or are certified by the press agency shall be considered for issue of press card in the following cases:

+ Are mobilized to work at the units which do not carry out the direct press activities of the press agency;

+ Are transferred to carry out the teaching of specialized press at the university education establishments in accordance with the provisions of the Law on university education;

+ Are transferred to work as full-time officials at the journalist association at all levels or directly carry out the state management over the press.

2. Conditions and standards to be considered for issue of press card in Vietnam

Conditions and standards to be considered for issue of press card according to Article 27 of the Press Law 2016 are as follows:

- The persons working at the press agencies specified in Clauses , 2, 3 and 4, Article 26 of the Press Law 2016 are considered for issue of press card must meet the following conditions and standards as follows:

+ Are the Vietnamese citizens and are permanently residing in Vietnam;

+ Having graduated from university; in case of being the ethnic minority people who are carrying out the publications of printed newspapers, broadcasting and television programs, special column of online newspaper in the language of ethnic minority language, such persons must graduate from college or have higher education.

+ In case of issue of card for the first time, there must be the working time for 02 consecutive years or more at the press agency requesting the issue of card by the time of consideration for issue of card, except for the editor-in-chief of scientific magazine and other cases as stipulated by law;

+ Are recommended for issue of card by the press agency or the current agency.

- The cases specified in Clause 5, Article 26 of the Press Law 2016 are issued with the press card must meet the conditions and standards specified under Points a, b and d, Clause 1 of Article 27 of the Press Law 2016 and must meet the conditions and standards as follows:

+ Are the permanent collaborator of the broadcasting and television station of province and centrally-run city;

+ Have at least twelve journalistic products which have been broadcast on the broadcasting station and television station of province and centrally-run city in 01 year by the time of consideration for issue of card.

+ In case of issue of card for the first time, there must be the working time for 02 consecutive years or more at the broadcasting station and television stations or the equivalent by the time of consideration for issue of card.

+ Are recommended for issue of card by the broadcasting station and television station of province and centrally-run city.

- The following cases are not considered for issue of press card:

+ Are not the subjects specified in Article 26 of the Press Law 2016;

+ Have committed the provisions on journalist’s occupational ethics;

+ Have been disciplined from the form of reprimand or heavier in accordance with the regulations of law on public servants and officials and the law on labor but the duration of 12 months is not yet expired by the time of consideration for issue of card;

+ Are the persons concerned in the cases without the conclusion from the competent state agencies.

+ Have been convicted by a judgment which has taken legal effect of the Court and their criminal records have not yet been removed;

+ Their press cards are revoked due to violation of legal regulations but the time of card revocation is not over 12 months from the date of decision issue by the time of consideration for issue of card.

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