Over the first six months of this year, the Hanoi Department of Information and Communications has handled 10 news websites for its various offenses, including copyright violations, said the department’s inspectorate.
Nguyen Van Minh, chief inspector of the department, made the statement yesterday about the situation of operation of news websites in the capital.
Minh said that the agencies will make a summary about violations and will make the violators known to the public, with a view to enhance awareness of respect for copyrights and other relevant regulations among online news providers.
In a related development, the central Da Nang City Department of Information and Communications has fined Ban Tin Viet Company, which owns a news website at vntimes.com.vn, VND5 million (US$240) for its administrative violations in the field of information and communications.
Specifically, vntimes.com.vn has used information and images of other news sites without their prior approval, said Nguyen Chuong Duc, chief inspector of the department.
Such an act has infringed Decree No. 28/2009/ND-CP dated March 20, 2009, of the Government on sanctioning of administrative violations in the management, provision and use of Internet services and online information, Duc said.
As previously reported, the Department for Broadcast, Television and E-information Management has asked the Ministry of Information and Communications’ Inspectorate to give punishments to five websites for copyright violations.
These websites include vietbao.vn, baomoi.com, 24h.com.vn, stockbiz.vn, and bongda.com.vn. They have been accused of using information published by other news sites without their prior approval.
The Inspectorate said it has held meeting with all five websites and as a result, vietbao.vn and stockbiz.vn have stopped quoting information from other e-newspapers. Meanwhile, baomoi.com has apologized for its violations and stopped taking content.
The Inspectorate has also requested that the Departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang City, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau, as well as Quang Binh and Quang Nam Provinces, consider punishments for 15 news websites that have been operating without a license.
These sites have published untrue information, affecting the reputation to many businesses and organizations, and also violated regulations on the nation’s customs and habits, the agency said.