LETTERS: by Anh NguyenNews Weekly
SBS broadcasting of the Hanoi news (letter)
, November 15, 2003
I write to you as a concerned SBS viewer who comes from a Vietnamese background. I am very proud of my Vietnamese heritage and appreciate SBS's efforts at trying to help the Vietnamese community by airing Vietnamese news every morning.
However, like Quan Ding, 'SBS programming questioned by Vietnamese community' (News Weekly, November 1)
I am concerned at the nature of the news programme that SBS has chosen to put to air.
The news from Hanoi has a heavy communist influence and doesn't represent the actual situation in the country of Vietnam.
Therefore, what point is there showing news that is false?
I have heard arguments from SBS representatives on ABC radio, who pointed out that there are 14 hours of Vietnamese content on the radio every week and there have been no complaints.
He should know that the radio news comes from Melbourne, and not from the communists back in Vietnam.
All of the Vietnamese people that I have spoken to about the Hanoi news are terribly upset at SBS's decision.
Many of them cannot voice their discontent because their English is not good enough and they don't know how to use things like email or how to contact SBS directly.
The Vietnamese community has already had mud kicked in its face by Box Hill TAFE College with its public display of the Vietnamese communist flag.
I hope that SBS will change its mind and not add insult to injury by airing the Hanoi news, which to a great many of the community rightly see as communist propaganda, and something many of them, including my parents, went to great pains to get away from.Anh Nguyen,