Vietnam names a road after a journalist

HÀ TĨNH - A plaque marking the naming of a road after legendary journalist Trần Kim Xuyến was unveiled at a solemn ceremony in the central province of Hà Tĩnh on Saturday.

Xuyến, known as Việt Nam's first journalist martyr, was the first leader of Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

Trần Kim Xuyến Road runs through Phố Châu Town in Hương Sơn District.

Born in 1921 in Hương Sơn, Xuyến was appointed Deputy Director of the Ministry of Home Affairs' Việt Nam Information Department after the 1945 August Revolution.

He was directly in charge of the Vietnam News Agency at the time. 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 battle.

The Trần Kim Xuyến road, more than 2km long and 20m in width, runs from the Phố Châu intersection to Hồ Chí Minh Road.

Underlining the significance of the event, VNA General Director Nguyễn Đức Lợi said that it reflects the national philosophy: "When drinking water, remember its source."

It was also a tribute to Xuyến by the Party, State, Hà Tĩnh authorities and people, as well as VNA staff, he said.

The event is an acknowledgement of the VNA, the first press agency nationwide that was 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 at all battlefields, Lợi said, adding that more than 260 of them sacrificed their lives for the nation.

Speaking at the event, Võ Hồng Hải, Vice Chairman of the Hà Tĩnh People's Council, called on Party committees, authorities and organisations of Hương Sơn District at all levels to set up communications and popularise the life and career of Xuyến.