SAPPRFT Reiterates Provisions concerning the Management of Online Foreign Television Dramas

A few days ago, SAPPRFT issued a Notice reiterating provisions concerning the management of online foreign television dramas, which demanded that for foreign television dramas used for dissemination on the Internet and other such information networks, a “Public Film Screening Permit” and a “Television Drama Distribution Permit” must be obtained according to the law. Foreign television dramas for which no “Public Film Screening Permit” or “Television Drama Distribution Permit” has been obtained, may not be disseminated online without exception.

The “Notice” points out that, in order to make online culture develop and flourish, at the same time as inheriting and carrying forward China’s excellent cultural traditions, [we must] vigorously absorb the world’s advanced cultural achievements, and encourage Internet audiovisual programme service websites meeting conditions to import and distribute appropriate amounts of foreign television dramas with healthy content, good production levels, which carry forward the true, the good and the beautiful, and satisfy the popular masses’ daily increasing spiritual cultural needs. Continue reading

Provisional Regulations for the Development and Management of Instant Messaging Tools and Public Information Services

Article 1: In order to further promote the healthy and orderly development of instant messaging tools and public information services, protect the lawful rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organizations, safeguard national security and the public interest, on the basis of the “NPC Standing Committee Decision concerning Safeguarding Internet Security”, the “NPC Standing Committee Decision concerning Strengthening the Protection of Online Information”, the “Interpretation concerning Some Questions of Applicable Law When Handling Uses of Information Networks to Commit Defamation and Other Such Criminal Cases”, the “Internet Information Service Management Rules”, the “Internet News Information Service Management Regulations” and other such laws and regulations, these Regulations are formulated. Continue reading

Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China (Revision Draft, Submission Version)

National Copyright Administration

Revision Draft, Submission Version

Chapter I: General Principles

Chapter II: Copyright

Section I: Copyright holders and their rights

Section II: Copyright entitlement

Section III: The term of protection of copyright

Chapter III: Related rights

Section I: Publishers

Section II: Performers

Section III: Audio producers

Section IV: Radio stations and television stations

Chapter IV: The limitations of rights

Chapter V: The exercise of rights

Section I: Copyright and related right contracts

Section II: Collective copyright management

Chapter VI: Technological protection measures and rights management information

Chapter VII: The protection of rights

Chapter VIII: Supplementary provisions

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Monitoring and Evaluation Standards for the Protection of Personal Information by Internet Enterprises

(Chinese Law Association on Science and Technology, Peking University Institute for Internet Law)

Official Version 1.0

I, Purpose

These Standards are formulated in order to implement the “NPC Standing Committee Decision concerning Strengthening the Protection of Online Information”, the “Law for the Protection of Consumer Rights and Interests”, the “Telecommunications and Internet User Personal Information Protection Regulations”, the “Online Trading Management Rules” and other normative and legal documents concerning the protection of personal information, safeguard users’ lawful rights and interests and standardize Internet enterprises’ personal information processing activities, and in order to realize a balance between the protection and use of personal information for the benign development of the industry. Continue reading

Strive to Foster and Practice the Socialist Core Value View

This revised version of a speech given on 4 January 2014 was published in Seeking Truth on 16 January 2014.

Liu Yunshan

Not long ago, the CCP Central Committee Secretariat issued the “Opinions concerning Fostering and Practicing the Socialist Core Value View” (hereafter simply named “Opinions), this is an important measure of our Party to move the construction of the Socialist value system forward. We must earnestly implement the spirit of the series of speeches by General Secretary Xi Jinping, realistically grasp the implementation of the “Opinions”, strive to build a common spiritual garden for the Chinese people, and promote the formation of strong forces that exert themselves for progress, worship virtue and seek the good.

I, Grasping the relationship between the core value view and the core value system well. Continue reading

Supplementary Notice concerning Further Perfecting the Management of Online Dramas, Microfilms and Other Such Online Audiovisual Programmes

This is a translation of the press release on this notice published on the SAPPRFT website. In good SAPPRFT tradition, the original document has not been made public. 

Recently, in response to the problems of topic selection, programme content, production quality and other aspects of a number of online dramas, microfilms and other such online television programmes, the State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television has issued the “Supplementary Notice concerning Further Perfecting the Management of Online Dramas, Microfilms and Other Such Online Audiovisual Programmes”, which aims to further perfect management, create a civilized and healthy online environment, and prevent online audiovisual programmes with vulgar content and a low style, which play up violence and sex to have a harmful influence on society.

The “Supplementary Notice” stresses that Internet audiovisual programme service work units must carry out their responsibilities as operating subjects well, strictly keep the broadcast gate, and produce and broadcast online dramas, microfilms and other such online audiovisual programmes that are suited for online dissemination, reflect the spirit of the times, carry forward the true, the good and the beautiful, that the people love to see and hear. Bodies engaging in the production of online dramas, microfilms and other such audiovisual programmes shall obtain a “Radio and Television Programme Production Permit” issued by the administrative radio, film and television departments according to the law. Internet audiovisual programme service work units may not broadcast online dramas, microfilms and other such online audiovisual programmes produced by bodies that have not obtained a “Radio and Television Programme Production Permit”. Where online dramas, microfilms and other such online audiovisual programmes are produced and uploaded by individuals, the Internet audiovisual programme service work unit that transmits this programme is to bear the responsibility of the producing body. Internet audiovisual programme service work units can only transmit online dramas, microfilms and other such online audiovisual programmes uploaded by individuals after verifying their real identity information and where they conform to content management regulations, they may not transmit this sort of programmes uploaded by users not using their real names.

The “Supplementary Notice” requires that all localities’ administrative press, publications, radio, film and television departments strengthen management over radio and television production and business bodies, launch focused training for main creative personnel producing online dramas, microfilms and other such online audiovisual programmes, strengthen management over online drama and microfilm theme selection, and guarantee that the selected topics are positive, healthy and upward. At the same time, they are to adopt methods including organizing creative fora, launching excellent programme competitions, sector self-discipline and artistic criticism to guide creative personnel to persist consciously in the correct orientation.

The “Supplementary Notice” provides that before online dramas, microfilms and other such audiovisual programmes are broadcast online, programme information filing shall be completed; where, after online broadcast, the masses report or the press, publications, radio, film and television department discovers that programme content does not conform to relevant State regulations, it must be immediately taken offline. Where radio and television programme production business bodies produce online dramas, microfilms and other such online audiovisual products, and the product content violates relevant radio and television regulations, the controlling department imposes punishment according to the “Radio and Television Management Regulations”, the “Radio and Television Programme Production Management Regulations” and other such relevant regulations.

In July 2012, the then SARFT and the State Internet Information Office jointly issued the “Notice concerning Further Strengthening Management over Online Dramas, Microfilms and Other Such Online Audiovisual Programmes”. In response to new issues that emerged in practice, the State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Televisions researched and formulated the “Supplementary Notice”.

国家新闻出版广电总局印发
关于进一步完善网络剧、微电影等
网络视听节目管理的补充通知

近日,针对部分网络剧、微电影等网络视听节目在题材选择、节目内容、制作资质等方面存在的问题,国家新闻出版广电总局印发了《关于进一步完善网络剧、微电影等网络视听节目管理的补充通知》,旨在进一步完善管理,营造文明健康的网络环境,防止内容低俗、格调低下、渲染暴力色情的网络视听节目对社会产生不良影响。
《补充通知》强调,互联网视听节目服务单位要履行好开办主体的职责,严把播出关,制作播出适合网络传播、体现时代精神、弘扬真善美、人民群众喜闻乐见的网络剧、微电影等网络视听节目。从事生产制作网络剧、微电影等网络视听节目的机构,应依法取得广播影视行政部门颁发的《广播电视节目制作经营许可证》。互联网视听节目服务单位不得播出未取得《广播电视节目制作经营许可证》机构制作的网络剧、微电影等网络视听节目。个人制作并上传的网络剧、微电影等网络视听节目,由转发该节目的互联网视听节目服务单位履行生产制作机构的责任。互联网视听节目服务单位只能转发已核实真实身份信息并符合内容管理规定的个人上传的网络剧、微电影等网络视听节目,不得转发非实名用户上传的此类节目。
《补充通知》要求,各地新闻出版广电行政部门要加强广播电视节目制作经营机构的管理,对生产制作网络剧、微电影等网络视听节目的主创人员开展有针对性的培训,加强网络剧、微电影选题管理,确保所选题材积极健康向上。同时,采取举办创作座谈会、开展优秀节目评比、行业自律和文艺批评等方式,引导主创人员自觉坚持正确导向。
《补充通知》规定,网络剧、微电影等网络视听节目上网播出前应完成节目信息备案;上网播出后,群众举报或新闻出版广电行政部门发现节目内容不符合国家有关规定的,要立即下线。广播电视节目制作经营机构生产制作网络剧、微电影等网络视听节目,节目内容违反广播影视有关管理规定的,主管部门要按照《广播电视管理条例》、《广播电视节目制作经营管理规定》等相关规定予以处罚。
2012年7月,原广电总局和国家互联网信息办公室联合印发了《关于进一步加强网络剧、微电影等网络视听节目管理的通知》。针对实践中出现的新问题,国家新闻出版广电总局研究制订了《补充通知》。

Opinions concerning Fostering and Practicing the Socialist Core Value View

The Socialist core value view is the core of the Socialist core value system, it reflects the fundamental nature and fundamental characteristics of the Socialist core value system, reflects the rich content and practical requirements of the Socialist core value system, and is a highly condensed and concentrated expression of the Socialist core value system. In order to implement the spirit of the 18th Party Congress and the 3rd Plenum of the 18th Party Congress, vigorously foster and practice the Socialist core value view, the following opinions are hereby put forward. Continue reading

Notice concerning Strengthening Management over Printing, Reproduction and Distribution

XCZF No. (2013) 8

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Press and Publications Bureau, the Liberation Army General Political Department Propaganda Department Press and Publications Bureau, the Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing municipal comprehensive cultural market law enforcement teams:

In order to implement the spirit of the National Propaganda and Ideology Work Conference, to create a good atmosphere for the convention of the 3rd Plenum of the 18th Party Congress, and realistically strengthen management over printing, reproduction and distribution, hereby, the relevant requirements are notified as follows: Continue reading

Interpretation concerning Some Questions of Applicable Law When Handling Uses of Information Networks to Commit Defamation and Other Such Criminal Cases

The “Interpretation concerning Some Questions of Applicable Law When Handling Uses of Information Networks to Commit Defamation and Other Such Criminal Cases” was passed at the 1589th Supreme People’s Court Adjudication Committee meeting on 5 September, and was passed at the 9th meeting of the 12th Procuratorial Committee of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate on 2 September, it is hereby promulgated, and takes effect on 10 September 2013.

Supreme People’s Court, Supreme People’s Procuratorate

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Notice concerning the Implementation of the “Online Culture Business Work Unit Content Self-Inspection Management Rules”

WSF No. (2013)39

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal culture offices (bureaus), the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Culture, Radio, Film and Television Bureau, the Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing administrative cultural market law enforcement teams, the Tibet Autonomous Region Cultural Market Comprehensive Law Enforcement Team:

In order to implement the State Council’s requirements concerning further transforming government functions and streamlining administration, all levels’ administrative culture departments will cancel, transfer down and simplify administrative examination and approval procedures on the basis of their real situations, management duties are to be transferred to enterprises or social organizations, and government departments are to strengthen service and supervision. On the basis of the “Provisional Internet Culture Management Regulations”, and in integration with the reality and needs of online culture construction and management, the Ministry of Culture has formulated the “Online Culture Business Work Unit Content Self-Inspection Management Rules” (hereafter simply named “Rules”), the objective is to strengthen enterprises’ autonomous management capacity and self-discipline responsibilities, and guarantee that online culture develops healthily and rapidly. They are hereby printed and issued, please implement them according to the following requirements: Continue reading

Some Opinions concerning Stimulating Information Consumption and Expanding Internal Demand

GF No. (2013)23

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Governments, all State Council ministries and commissions, all directly subordinate organs:

In recent years, information technology innovation on a global scale has incessantly accelerated, and new products, new services and new business models in the information area have emerged in large numbers, incessantly stimulating new consumption demands, and becoming consumption hot sports that become more dynamic every day. The scale of our country’s market is huge, and it is currently in a stage where residents’ consumption rises and informatization, industrialization, urbanization and agricultural modernization are accelerating, merging and developing, information consumption has a good development basis and huge development potential. At the same time, our country’s information consumption faces such problems as the fact that basic infrastructure support capacity remains to be upgraded, product and service innovation capacity is weak, market access thresholds are high, supplementary policies are incomplete, sectoral barriers are grave, structures and mechanisms are not adapted, etc., it is urgently necessary to adopt measures to resolve these. Accelerating and stimulating information consumption is able to effectively drive demand, foster new economic growth points, stimulate consumption upgrading, industrial transformation and an improvement in people’s livelihoods, it is an important measure that both benefits the present and benefits the long term, it stabilizes growth and adjusts structures. In order to accelerate and promote the sustained growth of information consumption, hereby, the following Opinions are put forward: Continue reading

Explaining the “Telecommunication and Internet User Personal Data Protection Regulations”.

On 16 July 2013, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology promulgated the “Telecommunication and Internet User Personal Data Protection Regulations” (People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Decree No. 24). A journalist interviewed Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Politico-Legal Department Inspector Li Guobin, asking him to explain the “Regulations”.

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Telephone User Real Identity Information Registration Regulations

This translation tracks the changes between the earlier opinion-seeking draft and this final version. Underlined sections are reformulations or additions, sections that are crossed out are sections from the opinion-seeking draft that have been deleted. 

People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Decree

No. 25

The “Telephone User Real Identity Information Registration Regulations” were deliberated and passed on 28 June 2013, at the 2nd ministerial meeting of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, are hereby promulgated, and will take effect on 1 September 2013.

16 July 2013

Minister: Miao Wei

Article 1: In order to standardize the registration activities of telephone users’ real identity information, guarantee the lawful rights and interests of telephone users and telecommunications business operators, safeguard network information security, and stimulate the healthy development of the telecommunications sector, on the basis of the “National People’s Congress Standing Committee Decision concerning Strengthening Network Information Protection” and the “Telecommunications Regulations of the People’s Republic of China, these Regulations are formulated. Continue reading

Telecommunications and Internet Personal User Data Protection Regulations

This translation tracks the changes between the earlier opinion-seeking draft and this final version. Underlined sections are reformulations or additions, sections that are crossed out are sections from the opinion-seeking draft that have been deleted. 

People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Decree

No. 24

The “Telecommunications and Internet Personal User Data Protection Regulations” were deliberated and passed on 28 June 2013, at the 2nd ministerial meeting of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, are hereby promulgated, and will take effect on 1 September 2013.

Minister: Miao Wei Continue reading

Notice concerning Printing and Issuing the Provisions on the Main Duties, Internal Structuring and Personnel Allocation of the General Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television

GBF No. (2013)76

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Governments, all State Council Ministries and Commissions, all directly subordinate organs:

The “Provisions on the Main Duties, Internal Structuring and Personnel Allocation of the General Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television” have been approved by the State Council and are hereby printed and issued.

State Council General Office

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Thinking about privacy: some Red Flag comments on the human flesh search engine

This response to a sent-in letter was published in Red Flag Magazine on 21 May. It discusses, at an extremely superficial level, different privacy-related regimes around the world. It identifies China’s well-known human flesh search engine phenomenon as being particularly unique to China, although privacy issues are a topic of interest and concern around the world as well. I could not find two of the legal documents it cites, the purported U.S. “Provisional Citizen Online Privacy Rights Protection Regulations” and EU “Common Principles for the Protection of Individual Privacy on the Internet”, through a quick Google search, and would appreciate information as to which documents these really are – or whether these perhaps are fictitious. Interestingly, the article refers to the need for a rights-based approach in dealing with privacy issues online, in order to avoid majoritarian dictatorship. 

Do Western Countries Permit the “Human Flesh Search Engine?”

Question: Comrade Editor, greetings. Over the past few years, there have been an increasing number of “human flesh search engine” incidents, the problem that the individual right to privacy is infringed is also increasingly prominent. I’d like to ask, do similar incidents occur in Western countries? Do they permit “human flesh search engines”?

Anhui reader, Li Jian

Comrade Li Jian:

Greetings! It is as you said in your letter, because the enormous number of netizens who participate in “human flesh search engines”, they have a huge and inestimable power in searching for and providing information and clues, their “intelligence” also can also definitely not be compared with machine technology and other such measures. The “human flesh search engine” is similar to a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it brings a powerful moral standard for and public opinion supervision over social life through the network; on the other hand, it extremely easily infringes individual privacy rights, and even gives easy rise to the spread of network violence.

The “human flesh search engine” is something that many Chinese netizens are fond of. From to “cat abuse woman” in Tianya to the boastful housing bureau director “Zhou Jiugeng”, and the smiling bureau director “Yang Dacai”, as well as to “Guo Meimei”, showing off her wealth online, as well as the “Huanan Tiger Picture”, “Dead Blogs” and other incidents, the “human flesh search engine” has increasingly displayed the power and killing force of the Internet. Nowadays, marital unfaithfulness, animal abuse, household violence and even publishing articles may run into the “human flesh search engine”, as long as you are “hot” enough.

The English “Times” newspaper evaluated thusly: “The “human flesh search engine” is a uniquely Chinese phenomenon in this digital era”. The American “Los Angeles Times” believes that “China’s “human flesh search engine” outshines Interpol”.

In fact, the “human flesh search engine” was invented in China first. Inside the country, netizens are able to relatively autonomously publish their own opinions through the network, this is the most important factor why the “human flesh search engine” could spread like wildfire in China. Even though “human flesh search engine” incidents also occur abroad, it is not as grave as in China, because abroad, management is extremely strict.

In the United States, where the Internet is omnipresent, “human flesh search engine” incidents aren’t often seen. The United States pays extreme importance to the protection of individual data and privacy, and has respectively published the “Federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act”, the “Provisional Citizen Online Privacy Rights Protection Regulations”, the “Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act” and other laws and regulations, to punish online infringement incidents. According to reports, on 18 August 2009, a women in the U.S. state of Missouri, Elizabeth Thrasher, used “human flesh search engine” methods to retaliate against a love rival, and posted individual private material of her 17-year old rival online, suggesting that she was looking for a one-night stand, this woman was accused of the crime of “cyber bullying” by the prosecutor, and was sued for a felony.

In Japan, if private information of criminals or other victims appears online, the network management company can carry out some management, where the words used are overly sharp, it can be deleted.

The “human flesh search engine” has also been lively in South Korea for a while, the Seoul Underground “Dog Dropping Lady” incident and the “Actress Choi Jin-Sil Suicide Due to Rumours” incident both promoted the establishment of an online real-name system in South Korea, which progressively calmed down the “human flesh search engine”. In South Korea, revealing other persons’ address and similar information online is an unlawful act. Even though the target of the “human flesh search engine” harmed the interests of other people, and even where they are “targets of public criticism”, legal channels should be sought to resolve matters, and it is not permitted for netizens to resolve them on their own.

The European Union stresses the protection of individual materials through legislation, and promulgated the “European Union Individual Data Protection Directive”, the “Common Principles for the Protection of Individual Privacy on the Internet” and other corresponding laws and regulations, which established a unified legal and regulatory structure for online privacy protection in the member states.

Since a number of years, many people have wrongly believed that the network could protect individual information that they therefore could speak out freely. But, following the development of all sorts of sorts of social interaction websites, the popularization of smartphones with photographing capabilities, as well as the development of all sorts of free photo-uploading websites, privacy has become the weakest link of the network. But even if obtaining individual information is so easy, proper freedom of speech and social evaluation should still be established on the basis of respecting individual rights. Societies sacrificing individual rights to obtain “justice” are disordered and fearful, they are no different from drinking poison to quench thirst. There are netizens who say that this term “human flesh search engine” lets people’s backs feel chilly, the level of terror of its literal meaning and the killing power they have in reality are cut from the same cloth. In the era of the information explosion, today, the “human flesh search engine” goes after someone else, tomorrow, it’s you, if this sort of “tyranny of the majority” becomes fashionable in the entire country, all of us may meet with such “treatment”.

  西方国家允许“人肉搜索”吗?

问:编辑同志,您好。近些年,“人肉搜索”事件越来越多,个人隐私权被侵犯的问题也越来越突出。请问,西方国家有没有类似事件?他们允许“人肉搜索”吗?

安徽读者:李建

李建同志:

您好!正如您信中所说, “人肉搜索”由于海量网友的参与,在搜寻和提供信息、线索方面,具有难以估量的巨大威力,它的“智能性”也远非机器技术等手段可以比拟。 “人肉搜索”就如同一把双刃剑。一方面通过网络对社会生活进行有力的道德规范、舆论监督;另一方面极易侵犯个人的隐私权,甚至还容易引起网络暴力的蔓延。

“人肉搜索”为许多中国网友所热衷。从天涯“虐猫女”,到最牛房产局长“周久耕”、微笑局长“杨达才”,再到网络炫富“郭美美”,以及“华南虎照片”、“死亡博客”等事件,“人肉搜索”越来越显示出互联网的威力和杀伤力。如今,婚姻不忠、虐待动物、家庭暴力,甚至发表文章都会遭到“人肉搜索”,只要你足够“火”。

英国《泰晤士报》如此评价:“‘人肉搜索’对于这个数字化时代而言,就是一个独特的中国现象。”美国《洛杉矶时报》认为:“中国的‘人肉搜索’让国际刑警组织都黯然失色。”

的确,“人肉搜索”最先由中国人发明。在国内,网民能够通过网络较为自主地发表自己的见解,这也是“人肉搜索”能在中国如火如荼的最主要原因之一。尽管国外也有“人肉搜索”事件发生,但没有中国这么严重,因为国外管理非常严格。

在互联网四通八达的美国,“人肉搜索”事件却并不常见。美国非常注重个人数据和隐私权的保护,先后制定了《联邦电子通讯隐私法案》、《公民网络隐私权保护暂行条例》、《儿童网上隐私保护法》等法律法规,对网络侵权事件加以惩罚。据报道,2009年8月18日,美国密苏里州妇女伊莉莎白—斯瑞雪为报复情敌,使出了“人肉搜索”的招数,将情敌17岁女儿的个人隐私资料贴到网上,并暗示她寻找一夜情,这名妇女被检察官控以“网络欺凌”罪,并遭到重罪起诉。

在日本,如果网络上出现了犯罪者或其他受害人的私人信息,网络管理公司就会进行一些管理,言辞过于激烈就会被删除。

“人肉搜索”在韩国也曾热闹过一时,首尔地铁“狗屎女”事件和“演员崔真实因传言自杀”事件一同推动了韩国网络实名制的确立, 让“人肉搜索”逐渐平静下来。在韩国,在网络上暴露他人的住址等信息是违法行为。即使“人肉搜索”的对象侵害了别人的利益,甚至已经是“众矢之的”,也应该寻求法律途径加以解决,网友自行解决是不允许的。

欧盟更加注重通过立法保护个人资料,先后通过《欧盟个人资料保护指令》、《因特网上个人隐私权保护的一般原则》等相关法规,在成员国内建立起有关网络隐私权保护的统一法律法规体系。

多年以前,很多人以为网络可以保护个人的隐私所以畅所欲言。但是,随着各种社交网站的发展,具有照相功能的智能手机的普及,以及各种可以免费上传照片网站的发展,使得隐私成为网络中最薄弱的环节。但即使获取个人信息再容易,正常的言论自由和社会评价也应建立在尊重个体权利的基础上。牺牲个体权利获取“正义”的社会是无序和可怕的,无异于饮鸩止渴。有网友就说,“人肉搜索”这个词让人后背凉飕飕,其字面意思之恐怖程度和其现实实践中的杀伤力如出一辙。在信息爆炸的年代,“人肉搜索”今天是他,明天就是你,这种“多数人的暴政”如果得以风行整个国家,我们每个人都可能遭受这样的“待遇”。

State Internet Information Office Deploys Attack on Activities of Fabricating and Disseminating Rumours Online

Original SIIO documents in relation to this campaign have not been made public. This is a Xinhua press release from 2 May.

The journalist understood from the State Internet Information Office on the 2nd that the State Internet Information Office is deploying a concentrated attack on activities of fabricating rumours on the Internet and wilful dissemination of rumours, on a nationwide level, recently, a certain Guizhou person named Li, as well as many other persons using the Internet to fabricate and disseminate rumours were investigated and prosecuted, a batch of microblog accounts fabricating and disseminating rumours were closed, and Public Security organs have imposed public order detention and other punishments. Continue reading

Notice concerning the Investigation and Prosecution Situation of False and Inaccurate News on Chinanews.com and Other Media

XCTZ No. (2013)121

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publication bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Press and Publications Bureau, the Liberation Army General Political Department Propaganda Department Press and Publications Bureau, all Central and State Ministries and Commissions, the controlling work units of newspapers and periodicals in all democratic parties and all people’s organizations, the main Central news work units

In recent years, “marching to the grass roots, transforming work styles and improving writing styles” activities have been deeply launched on the news front, news work units have incessantly standardized newsgathering activities and obtained good effects, but there still are a small number of media and journalists who do not deeply verify news clues and network information, and publish false or inaccurate reports, creating a harmful social influence. Hereby, the investigation and prosecution situation of some false and inaccurate media reporting that attracted broad attention in society, is notified: Continue reading

Propaganda Director’s Call to Traditional Media: Wake Up

On 12 April, “Red Flag Manuscripts”, a political theory journal run by the authoritative Party publication Seeking Truth, published an article written by Ren Xianliang, vice-chair of the All-China Journalists’ Association and vice-director of the Shaanxi Propaganda Department. It provides an interesting insight in the intra-official discourse on media governance issues and some of the opinions within the propaganda structure regarding the effect of social media. 

How is the Party to Manage the Media Well in the New Era?

Comprehensively Planning Two Public Opinion Fields, Concentrating Positive Social Energy

In the China of today, two public opinion fields objectively exist, one is the traditional media public opinion field with Party papers, Party periodicals, Party stations and news agencies at the core, one is the new media public opinion field with the Internet as basis. The two public opinion fields’ central dissemination themes, appeals and expressions have been separated and opposed for a long time, which has not only directly challenged the baseline of the principle that the Party manages the media, but has also lead to the separation and confrontation of social strata, grave damage to government credibility and a corruption and weakening of the Party’s governance base.

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Notice concerning Punishing Criminal Activities Infringing Citizens’ Personal Data

GTZ No. [2013]12

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Courts, People’s Procuratorate, public security offices and bureaus, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Higher People’s Court Production-Construction Corps Branch Court, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps People’s Procuratorate and Public Security Bureau:

In recent years, following the rapid development of our country’s economy and the broad spread of information networks, unlawful and criminal infringement of citizens’ personal data has become more prominent every day, there is a flood of illegal trading of citizens’ personal data on the Internet, and as a result, the spread of telecommunications swindles, network swindles, extortion and blackmail, kidnapping and illegal loan repayment demands and other such crimes had become ceaseless despite repeated attacks, social harm is great, and the masses react strongly. In order to effectively restrain and punish criminal infringement of citizens’ personal data, realistically guarantee the security of the broad popular masses’ personal data and their lawful rights and interests, stimulate coordinated social development, and safeguard social harmony and stability, the relevant matters are hereby notified as follows: Continue reading