Embassy Honors 50th Anniversary of Algerian Journalists’ Sacrifices in Vietnam

The annual celebration is a testament to the Vietnamese people's enduring tradition of expressing gratitude towards those who have played a pivotal role in fostering the longstanding friendship between our two nations.

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Vietnamese Ambassador to Algeria Tran Quoc Khanh paid tribute to the memorial plaque situated on Journalistes Viet Nam 8/3/1974 street, Bir Mourad Raïs district, Algiers on March 7th to honor the Algerian journalists who tragically lost their lives in an accident 50 years ago in Vietnam, as reported by VNA.

On March 8, 1974, 15 Algerian journalists and technicians, along with 9 Vietnamese journalists and 3 flight crew members, perished in a plane crash while accompanying the then Algerian President Houari Boumediene during his official visit to Vietnam.

At the memorial plaque in Algiers. Photos: TG&VN

In remembrance of the deceased, memorial plaques were erected in both Vietnam and Algeria. In Vietnam, the accident site in Hanoi’s Soc Son district was designated as a memorial site during the State visit of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in October 2000. The memorial site has recently undergone renovation by the municipal People’s Committee and will be reopened on the 50th anniversary of the accident. In 2013, the Algerian government also erected a memorial stone for the 15 journalists and named a street in the capital Algiers as Vietnamese Journalists.

The ceremony to commemorate the 15 Algerian journalists and technicians reflects the tradition of the Vietnamese people. The officials and employees of the Vietnamese Embassy in Algeria expressed gratitude towards the journalists and technicians for their significant contributions to the development of relations between the two countries.

A wreath-laying ceremony held annually by the Vietnamese Embassy demonstrates the Vietnamese people’s tradition of expressing gratitude towards the previous generations for their contributions to the traditional friendship between the two countries and peoples.

In 2013, the Algerian Government also erected a memorial plaque for the 15 journalists and named a street “Journalistes Viet Dam” in the capital city.

Prior to this, on March 6th, Ambassador Khanh attended a forum organized by Algeria’s national newspaper El Moudjahid to commemorate the journalists.

Colleagues, relatives of the Algerian journalists who lost their lives in Vietnam in 1974, as well as a large number of veterans, news agencies, and Algerians interested in the bilateral relations, were present at the forum.

Article about Vietnam-Algeria friendship on El Moudjahid in 1974.
Hannah Nguyen