17 June 2017

Ha Tinh road named after first VNA leader

At the ceremony (Source: VNA)


Ha
Tinh (VNA) –
A ceremony to unveil a plaque for a road named after
Tran Kim Xuyen, Vietnam’s first journalist-martyr and the Vietnam News Agency
(VNA)’s first leader, was held in Pho Chau town, Huong Son district, the
central province of Ha Tinh on June 17.

Born
in 1921 in Son My commune, Huong Son district, Ha Tinh province, Tran Kim Xuyen
was appointed as Deputy Director of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Vietnam Information
Department after the 1945 August Revolution. He was directly in charge of the
Viet Nam Thong Tan Xa, now known as Thong Tan Xa Viet Nam (Vietnam News
Agency). He was also a deputy of the first National Assembly.

He
laid down his life on March 3, 1947, at the age of 26, becoming the first
revolutionary journalist to die in a battle.

The
Tran Kim Xuyen road, measuring more than 2km in length and 20m in width, runs
from the Pho Chau intersection to Ho Chi Minh road in Pho Chau town.

In
his remarks, VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi underlined the significance of
the event, which, he said, reflects the national tradition of “when drinking
water, remember its source” as well as the tribute of the Party, State, Ha Tinh
authorities and people, as well as the VNA staff to Tran Kim Xuyen.

This
is also an acknowledgement of the VNA, the first press agency nationwide
awarded the titles of “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces” and “Labour Hero in
the Reform Period,” he said.

During
the wars against French and US forces, generations of VNA journalists and
technicians were present in all battlefields, Loi said, noting that more than
260 of them sacrificed their lives for the nation.

With
a 2,500-strong contingent working in all the 63 cities and provinces across the
country and 30 countries worldwide, the VNA is gearing towards a strong
multimedia complex, according to the General Director.

Speaking
at the event, Vice Chairman of the Ha Tinh provincial People’s Council Vo Hong
Hai called on all-level Party committees, authorities and organisations of
Huong Son district to intensify communications work in order to popularise the
life and career of Tran Kim Xuyen and the significance of the street naming.

This
is the second road named after Tran Kim Xuyen. The first one is in Yen Hoa
ward, Cau Giay district, Hanoi, which was inaugurated on March 5, 2014 on the
occasion of his 67th death anniversary.

There
are two other streets named after VNA journalists, including Bui Dinh Tuy street
in Ward 12, Binh Thanh district, Ho Chi Minh City and Lam Hong Phong street in
Phan Thiet city, the central province of Binh Thuan.

Earlier,
the VNA leaders and other delegates burned incense and laid wreaths at the
memorial house dedicated to Tran Kim Xuyen and the monument to martyrs in Son
My commune.

On
this occasion, the VNA presented 30 million VND (1,320 USD) to the Son My
commune People’s Committee to upgrade the monument.-VNA



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