ucanews.com reporter, Hanoi
Updated: February 27, 2013 09:32 PM GMT
A journalist who works for a state-run newspaper based in Hanoi has been sacked over scathing comments he made about Communist Party Secretary-General Nguyen Phu Trong.
Gia dinh va Xa hoi (Family and Society) newspaper announced on Tuesday that Nguyen Dac Kien “has been fired for violating the newspaper’s regulations.”
Kien was sacked soon after he posted his article “Some words with Vietnamese Communist Party Secretary-General Nguyen Phu Trong” on the internet.
Trong said on Monday that public suggestions that include ending the Communist Party's total control over state and society, a re-definition of the army as a non-political entity and a multi-party political system, show a “decline of politics, thoughts and morality."
In his blog, Kien rejected Trong’s comments and said, “I not only want an end to the Communist Party's total control over state and society, but also [the government] should hold a conference to establish a new institution showing the people’s will, not the party’s will, in the current constitution,” Kien wrote.
He said he strongly supports a multi-party political system for freedom, democracy, peace and progress of the people and he is in favor of the army defending the country, not any party.
Kien, who started work at the newspaper in 2008, said he was exercising his freedom of speech and thought and those who oppose these rights are reactionaries.
Speaking with the BBC, Kien said he felt a moral responsibility to write the article and he was aware there would be repercussions.
“The path to democracy and freedom requires much patience, and I still follow this path,” he said.
….as we enter the last months of 2021, we are asking readers like you to help us keep UCA News free.
For the last 40 years, UCA News has remained the most trusted and independent Catholic news and information service from Asia. Every week, we publish nearly 100 news reports, feature stories, commentaries, podcasts and video broadcasts that are exclusive and in-depth, and developed from a view of the world and the Church through informed Catholic eyes.
Our journalistic standards are as high as any in the quality press; our focus is particularly on a fast-growing part of the world - Asia - where, in some countries the Church is growing faster than pastoral resources can respond to – South Korea, Vietnam and India to name just three.
And UCA News has the advantage of having in its ranks local reporters who cover 23 countries in south, southeast, and east Asia. We report the stories of local people and their experiences in a way that Western news outlets simply don’t have the resources to reach. And we report on the emerging life of new Churches in old lands where being a Catholic can at times be very dangerous.
With dwindling support from funding partners in Europe and the USA, we need to call on the support of those who benefit from our work.