Manifesto for the Foundation of the China Youth News Journalists’ Society

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The War of Resistance can certainly be won, at the same time, the War of Resistance will cast away the corrupt elements of China, and brand new forces will gradually emerge in the process of the War of Resistance, this is our belief.

We are composed of journalists devoted to the news cause, who have a young spirit, we firmly believe that China, with its population of 450 million, where the ordinary circulation of the best-selling nationwide newspapers has not exceeded 200.000 per day, and where the circulation of important nationwide newspapers does not exceed a million per day, on average five hundred people can read one newspaper. Since the War of Resistance, following the loss of many regions to the enemy, even though the domestic masses’ demand for newspapers have become ever more urgent, newspaper circulation has not soared hitherto, domestic poverty and weakness on one hand points out the path for the infinite development of China’s news cause, and on the other hand indicates that the news cause in the War of Resistance still waits for special efforts.

Undoubtedly, the influence of news and propaganda work has an extremely important role in the War of Resistance, news and public opinion can strengthen confidence in victory in the War of Resistance, they can encourage bravery in the War of Resistance, can attack defeatist tendencies and can inspire valiant morale. But in our past nine months of war, the newspaper activities in our entire country have not fully been suited to the development of the War of Resistance, and the strengths of news have not been given satisfactory rein; generally speaking, the activities for the news cause have developed as the War of Resistance developed, conversely, there has even been a reduction in some areas.

We pay special tribute to the advanced members of news circles nationwide and their support for the news cause that is in such difficulties in the War of Journalism, at the same time, we send comfort to colleagues who brave dangers to work in fighting areas that have fallen and in battlefields, we apologise to soldiers and civilians who fight a grand and spectacular heroic War of Resistance on all battlefields, because we have not yet fully recorded and reported main heroic actions, and to the hundreds and thousands of killed compatriots, as we have not yet fully exposed the brutal acts of the Japanese.

Naturally, the improvement of the news undertaking waits for efforts in all areas of the economy and culture, even so, in order to remedy the present flaws in news work in the War of Resistance, for the sake of comrades who have lost their positions, and in order to successfully train a large batch of complete news cadres in order to deal with the needs of the cause of news, we cannot but stand up and organize, we cannot but hurry to combine our strengths, strengthen our self-education and intensify self-assistance.

We know that our strengths are very weak, but our cause has high aspirations, we are willing to do everything for the cause of news, sincerely accept guidance from all sides, we especially welcome the cooperation of even broader young comrades.

中国青年新闻记者学会成立宣言

抗战一定能胜利,同时抗战一定会将中国腐败的成分扔掉,而在抗战过程中逐渐产生出崭新的力量,这是我们的信念。

我们是愿献身于新闻事业有青年精神的记者组合,我们深信拥有四万万五千万广大人口的中国,平时全国报纸中最大的销数每日未过二十万份,合全国重要报纸销数不过每日百万份,平均每五百人始能看报一份。抗战以来,随着许多地域的陷落,纵然国内民众,对于报纸的需要更感迫切,但现时报纸销数并未激增,国内这贫弱的现象,一方面指明中国新闻事业之无限发展的前途,一方面提示抗战中新闻事业尚有待于特殊的努力。

无疑的,新闻宣传工作的影响,对于抗战有非常重大的作用,新闻舆论可以坚定抗战胜利的信心,可以鼓舞抗战的勇气,可以打击败北主义的倾向,可以激励英勇的士气。但是过去我们将近九个月的战争,我们全国新闻纸的活动,并未充分配合着抗战的发展,圆满的发挥新闻的力量;一般来说,新闻事业的活动,并随抗战之发展而发展,相反地,在若干方面,反呈紧缩的现象。

我们特别致敬于全国新闻界先进们,对于抗战中艰难新闻事业的撑持,我们同时致慰问于陷落在战区及在战场上冒危难而工作的同业,我们由致歉于各战场上轰轰烈烈英勇抗战的军民,因为我们并未曾将主要英勇行为无遗漏的记述报道,我们对于千百万的被难同胞并未曾将暴日兽行充分的暴露。

自然,新闻事业的改进,有待于经济、文化各方面的努力,然而为了补救目前抗战中新闻工作的缺点,为了失去岗位的同业,为了训练成功大批健全的新闻干部以应付将来新闻事业的需要,我们不能不起来组织,不能不赶紧以集体的力量,加强自我教育,加紧自我扶助。

我们知道我们自己的力量很薄弱,但是我们的事业欲望很高,我们很愿意尽力于新闻事业,诚恳的接受各方面的指导,我们尤欢迎更广泛青年同业的合作。

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