Article 1: All those opening up newspaper offices to distribute newspapers, shall write up all listed materials, and twenty days before distribution, present it to the government office of the local official in charge for application with the governor-general of that province, who will seek advice from and file it with the Ministry of Civil Affairs; 1, the name; 2, the style; 3, the full names, antecedents and addresses of the distributor, editor and printer, 4, the name and address of the distribution office and the print shop.
Article 2: All those fulfilling the position of distributor, editor and printer, must have the following conditions: 1, being a native citizen of twenty years or more; 2, having no mental disorders; 3, not been punished by prison sentences or higher.
Article 3: Distribution and editing posts may be concurrently held by one person, but printers may not fulfil distribution or editing posts.
Article 4: Distributors shall respectively submit the following pledge money at the time of submission: for those being distributed four times or more per month, 500 Silver Yuan; for those distributed three times or less per month, 200 Silver Yuan. Among those, newspapers specially carrying academic, cultural, legal, geographical and pricing reports, etc., which truly opens up the knowledge of the people, are to be appraised by officials, where it is believed no advance tax payment is necessary, it shall be agreed with.
Article 5: If any matter in Article 1 is changed after distribution, it will be resubmitted within twenty days. When the distributor changes, and before a submission of change is completed, distribution takes place under the name of an agent.
Article 6: Every newspaper number shall carry the full name and address of the distributor, editor and printer.
Article 7: Newspapers distributed every day, shall before 12 o’clock in the evening of the day before distribution, and other monthly newspapers, ten-daily newspapers or weekly newspapers, etc., shall on 12 o’clock noon of the day before distribution, be submitted to the local government office or patrolling government office in charge, timely examined, and dealt with according to the Code.
Article 8: Where newspapers carry inaccuracies, and the person concerned or a related person requests rectification, or submits a letter of objection, it shall be immediately published without alteration in the next number, if the number of characters of the objection exceeds twice the number of the original text, it is permitted to print it in the normal public notice list of the newspaper concerned, and charge fees according to the number of characters. If the wording of corrections and letters of objections violates laws or the full name and address are not indicated, it does not need to be published.
Article 9: Other newspapers that copy inaccurate facts, when it is seen that the said newspaper rectifies it of its own accord or publishes a letter of objection, shall publish this in the next number, and may not charge fees.
Article 10: Lawsuit matters may not be published in newspapers where the government office trying the case prohibits visitors to the trial.
Article 11: Inquest matters may not be published in newspapers as long as an open judgment has not been pronounced.
Article 12: Matters related to foreign affairs, army and navy may not be published in newspapers if the concerned government office in charge has instructed a prohibition of publication.
Article 13: All imperial instructions and memorials to the emperor may not be published in newspapers without an official bulletin, official journal or communiqué.
Article 14: All following items may not be published in newspapers: language lowering or destroying the Imperial court; language confusing the government system; language harassing public security, and language corrupting customs.
Article 15: Distributors or editors may not receive bribes from other persons or confound right and wrong. Distributors or editors may also not bear grudges, slander or harm other persons’ reputations.
Article 16: In all cases not having been submitted according to Article 1, and suddenly engage in newspaper publishing, the distributor concerned will be published with a fine of 10 Yuan or more but less than 100 Yuan.
Article 17: In all cases violating Articles 2 and 3, Article 5 Paragraph 1 and Article 6 and 7, the distributor concerned will be punished with a fine of 3 Yan or more but less than 30 Yuan.
Article 18: In all cases where the submission is not true, the distributor concerned will be punished with a fine of 5 Yuan or more but less than 50 Yuan.
Article 19: All newspapers listed in the last Paragraph of Article 4, in all cases where they carry matter outside their scope, the editor concerned will be punished with a fine if 5 Yuan or more but less than 50 Yuan.
Article 20: In all cases violating Article 8 Paragraph 1 and Article 9, the editor concerned will be punished with a fine of 3 Yuan or more but less than 30 Yuan if the submission of the injured party is proved true through trial.
Article 21: In all cases violating Article 10 and 11, the editor concerned will be punished with a fine of 10 Yuan or more but less than 100 Yuan.
Article 22: In all cases violating Article 12, 13 and 14, the distributor and editor concerned will be punished with a prison sentence of 20 days or more but less than 6 months, or a fine of 20 Yuan or more but less than 200 Yuan.
Article 23: In all cases violating Article 14 Paragraph 1, 2 and 3, the distributor, editor and printer concerned will be punished with a prison sentences of 6 months or more but less than 2 years and an additional fine of 20 Yuan or more but less than 200 Yuan; where circumstances are relatively grave, they will be punished according to the Criminal Code. But where printers truly did not know anything about it, they are exempt from punishment.
Article 24: In all cases violating Article 15 Paragraph 1, the distributor and editor concerned will be punished with a fine of ten times the amount of bribery if the submission of the injured party is proved true through trial, if it is found that other persons were party to the bribe, they will receive the same punishment.
Article 25: In all cases violating Article 15 Paragraph 2, the distributor and editor concerned will be punished with a fine of 20 Yuan or more but less than 200 Yuan if the submission of the injured party is proved true through trial.
Article 26: In all cases violating Article 15, apart from punishment according to the above two Articles, the injured party may receive compensation for damages from the editor and distributor with a view to the gravity of the circumstances.
Article 27: In all cases violating Article 12, Article 13 and Article 14 Paragraph 4, temporary prohibition of distribution may be imposed.
Article 28: For cases of temporary prohibition of distribution, the extent will be 7 days for daily newspapers; for all other papers, for those distributed 4 times or more per month, the extent will be 4 numbers; for those distributed three times or less, the extent will be three numbers.
Article 29: In all cases violating Article 14 Paragraph 1, 2 and 3, distribution will be prohibited eternally.
Article 30: All cases violating Article 12 that lead to fomenting disturbances, may be dealt with according to the above Article.
Article 31: Those not distributing for a prolonged time after submission, or suspending distribution in excess of two months, if they di not state the full details, will be considered to have closed down voluntarily.
Article 32: Those not paying any fines and legal fees due to violations of this Code in excess of ten days, may have their pledge money partly or fully confiscated, if this is insufficient, payment will be demanded again, and they will be ordered to replenish their pledge money.
Article 33: To those prohibited to distribute or voluntarily closing down, it is permitted to return the pledge money, and cancel their registration.
Article 34: All those composing or publishing essays and chronicles in newspapers and signing them with their names, regardless of which person it is, will have the same responsibility as the editor.
Article 35: When newspapers are distributed under the name of an agent, the agent is to immediately bear his responsibility.
Article 36: Apart from all persons referred to in Article 1 Paragraph 3 and the two Articles, all newspaper office financiers, hirers, etc., shall not be concerned.
Article 37: For all newspapers submitted according to this Code, and of which government offices concerned are notified, all postal fees and cable fees are permitted to be reduced in accordance with regulations, and are to be delivered by the Post Office. Those not having been submitted or notified according to this Code, my not be delivered by the Post Office, and ships and trains may also not transport them.
Article 38: All cases where essays and chronicles are definitely created by the newspaper concerned, they may indicate the phrase that it is not permitted to reprint it, and other newspapers may not plagiarize it.
Article 39: All periodical works attached to newspapers, that are sufficient to become a book at a later time, may enjoy the protection of copyright.
Article 40: Any newspaper distributed abroad that violates any Article of this Code that imposes prohibition, are prohibited to be disseminated in China, and their entering the borders is to be prohibited by Customs. If there are some transported in for sale on private initiative, they must be confiscated and destroyed.
Article 41: All those violating this Code, the precedent of mitigating punishment when giving oneself up, aggravating punishment for repeated violations and combining gravity for numerous offences may not be used.
Article 42: All those violating this Code, the period in which they can submit grievances or complaints is limited to 6 months.
Article 43: This Code must be in use without exception in all provinces within two months from the day of the arrival of the approved imperial decree.
Article 44: Newspapers distributed before implementation of this Code, shall all submit additional reports within three months, and pay proportionate pledge money.
Article 45: After implementation of this Code, all newspaper office regulations issued before will be abolished.