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Declaration to establish an Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN)

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How would the Press and journalists raise their voices according to the true sense of the word “freedom”? How would the Press – once established – carry out its true God given role, critics and build a sustainable social justice for everyone, not bow or tremble before the danger of imminent foreign invasion?

It is therefore high time for the Vietnamese Press and its citizens-journalists to exercise their independent free will and answer these questions. Then to follow the experiment of the most progressive civil society in the world, thus one of the solutions commands us to establish an Independent Vietnam Journalists Association.

* The views regarding the Establishment:

- The Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN) should be one of the many civil society organizations in a socially progressive, democratic and pluralistic, civilized and prosperous Vietnam.

- The Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam will operate upon these premises:

+ The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of the United Nations of which Vietnam is a member, therefore must comply with its obligations.

+ To follow the freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of association – instituted in Vietnam constitution.

- Through the operation of the Press, the Vietnam Independent Press would operate as an initial non-profit organization, under the principle of peaceful non-violence; with respect for political pluralism, advocating freedom and democracy for all the people in society, and contribute critical rebukes, comments and articles in the national forum.

- The Independent Journalist Association of Vietnam aims to create an intellectual and healthy living environment for our members, especially young writers, in order to promote the freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

- The Independent Journalist Association of Vietnam is composed of those people have worked in journalism regardless of political views, religion, gender, age; irrespective of nationalities, regions, domestic or overseas; they voluntarily commit themselves to true democracy, people’s progress and happiness.

- The Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam operates independently on opinion, personnel, and financial concern.

* The Purposes for the Founding:

- To reflect honest, profound and burning societal and the national issues.

- To rebuke the irrational policies of the state concerning social management and freedom of the press.

- To host exchanges and dialogues with the authorities on press freedom and social management whenever possible. In some cases, we may agree with the State on a number of policies and measures deemed to be popular and beneficial for the people and the country.

- Support for physical, spiritual and active mutual assistance and solidarity between its members.

- Speak up and take action necessary to protect those writing for social progress, but have been harassed, arrested, imprisoned, terrorized… To fight and demands the government of Vietnam to rescind vague and unjust laws in the Criminal Code, used to oppress freedom of the press such as articles 258, 88.

- To attract and train young writers to contribute to Vietnam professional journalism in the future.

- Attract and create an environment for journalists and media contributors, irrespective of state-run newspapers or social media.

* The contents of the main activities:

- Periodic and unscheduled news information and current affairs sessions. Discuss directions and writing topics.

- Organize seminars and workshops on topics of social and national importance.

- Developing a young journalist force to succeed the older journalists.

- Speak up promptly on the cases of people and journalists being abused.

- To transfer hot button issues of the country’s urgent affairs to the international media system.

- To link and cooperate with non-governmental organizations in the international press.

- Operate an online media site for journalists and independent collaborators.

* Organization Structure:

The leadership of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam includes the president and a number of vice president, organizing member. The leadership committee is assigned to take their responsible tasks and by region.

Board of Directors:

The President is journalist Pham Chi Dung in charge of general tasks. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice President of the Journalists Standing Committee is Father Le Ngoc Thanh in charge of South and website. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice President: Journalist Nguyen Tuong Thuy in charge of North. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice President: The journalist Bui Minh Quoc in charge of Central. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Member: Journalist Ngo Nhat Dang in charge of two websites Viet Nam Thoi Bao and Vietnam Times. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Committee Structure:

The Independent Journalists’ Association of Vietnam has several professional boards and web pages (http://www.hoinhabaodoclap.org, http://ijavn.org) – the official organs of the Association.

The Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam invites journalists who care for the nation to participate in the Association along with supporters who’d like to join force with the Association and aspiring to be at least of minimal help for the homeland.

All contacts, enrollment and support for The Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam please email:

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The Board of Directors of The Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam

- Phạm Chí Dũng

- Lê Ngọc Thanh

- Nguyễn Tường Thụy

- Bùi Minh Quốc

- Ngô Nhật Đăng

Sài Gòn, July 4, 2014

By-laws of The Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam

* Viewpoints:

The Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN) should be one of the many civil society organizations in a socially progressive, democratic and pluralistic, civilized and prosperous Vietnam.

The Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam aims to create an intellectual and healthy living environment for our members, especially young writers, in order to promote the freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

The Independent Journalist Association of Vietnam does not discriminate about political views, religion, gender, age; and irrespective of nationalities, regions, domestic or overseas; these folks would voluntarily commit themselves to a true spirit of democracy, people’s happiness and press freedom.

* Principal activities of the Association:

- Periodic and unscheduled news information and current affairs sessions. Share and discuss directions and writing topics.

- Organize seminars and workshops on topics of social and national importance.

- Developing a young journalist force to succeed the older-generation journalists.

- Speak up promptly on the cases of people and journalists being abused.

- To transfer hot-button issues of the country’s urgent affairs to the international media system.

- To link and cooperate with non-governmental organizations in the international press.

- Operate an online media site for journalists and independent collaborators.

* Activities’ guiding principle:

The Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam is based on effective organization and teamwork, maximizing individual responsibility so that the Association can contribute to societal effectiveness without being dependent on formality.

Association is founded on democratic principles:

- Free flow of information; discuss and vote freely; delegate tasks; monitor and report on tasks.

- Decision by consensus or by majority votes.

Association is organized on the spirit of voluntarism and discipline:

- Respect for individual dignity and freedom of each member.

- Respect collective decisions.

- Respect members whose work are delegated.

- Execute and report on assigned work.

The decisions that are achieved through one-person-one-vote have the highest value. The majority is made up of more than half of the valid votes.

* Membership:

Members must have at least 5 published works appropriate with IJAVN’s criteria.

Members are guaranteed the rights to freedom of expression in all matters concerning the Association.

Any member can decide to withdraw from the Association amicably.

A member may be expelled for disciplinary action for going against the Association’s stated purposes.

* Organizational Structure:

The highest executive organ of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam is the leadership committee, which includes the president and several vice presidents.

The leadership committee is delineated by task and by region.

On behalf of the membership, the leadership committee makes decisions, supervises and monitors program implementation.

The leadership will vote to set up rules and regulations for activities as needed.

The initial term the leadership committee is 2 years. The end of the initial term, members will make decision on next term.

Issues and matters regarding personnel, leadership and professional committees, and web pages can be arranged, adjusted depending on the situation and as requested by the President of the Association.

In the events of force majeure or reasons beyond his control, the president of the Association cannot perform his/her duties, the Standing Vice President will assume the administration of the Association. If the Standing Vice President also cannot run by reason outside his/her control or force majeure event, the Vice president shall be authorized to manage the work of the Association.

* The chapters:

In the first stage of operation, the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam has 3 chapters:

- North

- Central

- South

- Overseas

The headquarters of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam is in Saigon.

* Professional Committees:

In the first phase of operation, the Association initial will have these professional committees:

- The Association Office

Persons in charge: President, Permanent Vice President, expert.

- Events and Training Department:

Persons in charge: Vice President and expert.

- International Relations Department

Person in charge: Vice Persident, organizing member, expert.

- Web Department:

Persons in charge: Appointed by President after reference with the board of directors.

The professional committee can enlist the cooperation of all members and friends.

Human Relations department and the duties of professional departments, web pages can be arranged and adjusted depending on the situation and as requested by the President of the decision.

* Finance:

Members voluntarily contribute.

The Association welcomes financial contributions from philanthropists in the country and abroad for use in its common goals and charitable programs.

 

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