On October 19, 2016, the Ministry of Information and Communications issued the Circular No. 22/2016/TT-BTTTT providing for the management of external communication activities of central-affiliated cities and provinces, including providing information for promotion of the province/city’s image and provision of explanatory or clarifying information.
The information concerning the promotion of the image of a province/city shall be provided in the forms such as activities related to external affairs of the Provincial-level People’s Committee; portal/website of the Provincial-level People’s Committee, portals/websites of specialized agencies affiliated to the Provincial-level People’s Committee and those of District-level People’s Committees in Vietnamese and foreign language versions; province/city’s database on the promotion of its image; publications in Vietnamese and foreign languages; external information systems at international border gates by land, sea, airway and railway; press products of domestic means of mass media; products of foreign news, press and media agencies; communications products communicated on the internet network; cooperation activities with foreign press agencies….
Explanatory and clarifying information refers to documents, materials, dossiers and arguments used for explaining and clarifying misstated information which causes adverse influence on the province/city’s prestige or image. Each Provincial-level People’s Committee shall update and analyze domestic and overseas public opinions to find out misstated information about that province/city. Each Provincial-level People’s Committee must, upon its discovery or receipt of any misstated information, documents or materials containing misstated information which causes harm to the prestige or image of that province/city, notify Ministry of Information and Communications and relevant authorities of such misstated information for management. Each Provincial-level People’s Committee shall proactively develop communication and propagation approaches to protection and promotion of the prestige and image of that province/city.
This Circular takes effect on December 02, 2016.
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