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Tuoi tre journalist wins first national labour press award

A special award on the Labour Code has also been given to a VTV 4 journalist.

News | 29 April 2014
Photos © UN/Jakub Zak
HANOI (ILO News) – Viet Nam Labour and Employment Media Award 2013 was announced this morning with the first prize of VND 40 million (US$1,900) given to Le Thi Van from Tuoi tre (Youth) Newspaper for her investigative series on work safety.

The winner of the special prize on the Labour Code, which is VND 30 million ($1,430), was Vu Le Trang from national television VTV4 for her feature on the role of trade union and dialogue between workers and employers.

As the first one of its kind, the award will be organized annually by the Journalists Association and sponsored by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Viet Nam.

A total of 83 entries of 22 journalists joined the competition, which included two categories – the main prize and a special prize on the newly-amended Labour Code.

The selection process was carried out by a jury board, which included representatives of the Journalists Association, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour, the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the ILO and the One UN in Viet Nam.

The award aims to recognize journalistic efforts in the world of work and their innovative ideas to address the existing problems.

“It is the mission from heart and the responsibility of journalists like us,” the winner – journalist Van said, talking about her series entitled “Work accidents – ignorance of human lives”.

“I believe that there are still many voices out there calling for help, to be saved and supported from the community. I hope my stories can share the grief and difficulty of the workers while ringing an alarm on these issues,” she added.

Standing Vice Chairman of Viet Nam’s Journalists Association Ha Minh Hue said the 2013 award was “success” but expected that this year’s competition would receive more participation from reporters nation-wide.

“Our direction for journalistic activities in Viet Nam go hand in hand with ILO objectives in the world of work,” he said. “We both do our best for one single goal – the development of Viet Nam”.

Recognizing the role of the media, ILO Director for Asia and the Pacific Yoshiteru Uramoto committed continual sponsorship for the 2014 award with extension to two more special prizes on “Youth Employment” and “Journalists and Laws”, which sheds light on law compliances.

“I am not certain that the jobs of journalists are decent jobs but I am certain that journalists are contributing an important part in bringing decent jobs to the society,” he said.

According to Mr Uramoto, for the ILO, a job that comes with wages unable to support workers and their family, that requires workers to work more than 48 hours a week and without maternity leave, that is done in an unhealthy and unsafe environment, and that is without social insurances, is not a decent job. And many Vietnamese workers still have to do those jobs!