The Ministry of Information and Communications has fined national broadcaster Vietnam Television VND15 million (US$960) for showing a map misplacing Hanoi in China.
The map appeared in a reality show that has been pulled off air.
The broadcaster, better known as VTV, suspended “Diep vu tuyet mat,” the local version of a Dutch program called “Sabotage,” on April 4, following the public ire over the mistake. It is unclear how long the suspension is for.
In the 14-episode series, a co-production by VTV and a private company, Cat Tien Sa, 12 celebrities will live and work together in an apartment in Thailand. They have to successfully complete a list of missions to win a cash prize after each episode.
On May 4, Nguyen Quang Minh, director of Cat Tien Sa, told the media that budget carrier Air Asia, the main sponsor of the program, had provided the map, which was vaguely drawn without any borders between countries, causing the mistake.
Minh added that his team had corrected the mistake.
At noon that day Air Asia released a statement saying the mistake had been caused by “negligence in checking content.”
Apart from the fine over the map, VTV has also been given another fine of VND10 million for using a wrong video in a news program on April 2.
The story was about a baby rescued from the rubble of the recent Nepal earthquake. The broadcaster instead used a video showing a baby being pulled out from the debris after a bomb attack in Syria in January 2014.