Vietnam singers punished for skipping diplomatic show abroad

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Two Vietnamese singers have received warnings from the Vietnam National Academy of Music for skipping a diplomatic performance in Laos without permission, VnExpress reported Friday.

The punishment was handed to Le Thi Tho, known as Anh Tho, and Vu Trong Tan, known as Trong Tan, on August 1, the news website said, citing a decision announced by the academy on Friday.

The singers are working as lecturers at the academy.

According to the academy, the duo, famous for their rendition of war songs, had "not followed the work assigned by authorities," and "affecting the academy's activities." They skipped the show organized in Vientiane to celebrate the year of Vietnam-Laos friendship on July 18.

Earlier it was reported that the singers skipped the show for another show in the northern province of Ninh Binh.

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VnExpress said Anh Tho and Trong Tan could be suspended for between one to six month from performing by the Performing Arts Department as ordered by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Ministry spokesman Phan Dinh Tan was cited by a Tuoi Tre report on Friday as saying the department's final decision will be announced next week.

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