Regulations Concerning Prohibiting Obscene Goods

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(Promulgated on 17 April 1985)

Obscene goods poison the people’s thoughts, bring out criminality and are extremely dangerous. In order to protect the bodily and mental health of the wide masses, especially the youth, safeguard social order, guarantee the smooth progress of the construction of socialist modernization, all sorts of obscene goods must be strictly prohibited. For this purpose, the following Regulations are made:

I, For all sorts of obscene goods, regardless of whether or not being for the purpose of making profits, import, production (including duplication), sale and broadcast must all be strictly forbidden.

II, The scope of prohibited obscene goods is: videotapes, audiotapes, films, television programmes, slides, photographs, images, books, periodicals and transcripts concretely describing sexual acts or undisguisedly propagating sexual and obscene images, toys and appliances printed with this sort of image as well as obscene medicines and obscene appliances.

III, Prohibiting obscene goods work must be persistent, earnest and may not exceed scope. Art works with art value having incidental obscene content, fine art works displaying human physical beauty, natural science works relating to human physiology, medical knowledge or other natural science, are not considered to be within the scope of obscene goods, and are not in the list of prohibition.

IV, Customs must strengthen the import environment prohibition work. All obscene goods brought, posted or smuggled into the borders, will be confiscated by Customs without exception, and the party involved may be fined. Where circumstances are grave, it will be punished by Public Security and judicial organs according to the law.

V, All localities’ investigation of prohibited obscene goods work, is under the unified leadership of the local People’s Government, entities such as public security, culture, education, radio and television and administrative industry and commerce, etc, according to each one’s work division, are responsible for organising implementation and strengthening cooperation and coordination.

VI, Where there is incidental obscene content in material imported because of work needs, if it is necessary to keep it, a strict reading and use system shall be provided, it is not allowed to be spread to uninvolved personnel, if it does not need to be kept, it shall be handed over to the public security entities for handling.

VII, Foreign-related host organizations and relevant transportation work unit, if they discover that persons from abroad left behind obscene goods, shall group it and hand it over to public security entities, work units and individuals are without exception not allowed to spread it to other work units or individuals.

VIII, Apprehended obscene goods, except for those confiscated by Customs according to the law and destroyed according to Customs regulations, will be handed over to the public security entities for centralized handling.

IX, For smuggling, producing, selling and organizing broadcasting of obscene goods, where it constitutes a crime, the judiciary organs will punish it according to the law; where it is does not constitute a crime, the controlling entity will impose administrative punishment according to the gravity of the circumstances.

For those broadcasting obscene goods to minors not having reached the age of eighteen, those using work and job privileges to broadcast confiscated obscene goods, as well as those using job goods or goods under their supervision to duplicate or broadcast obscene goods, shall be punished according to the law.

X, For those watching obscene videotapes, films and television programmes, criticizing and education shall be imposed. For those watching and making private copies of obscene books and obscene images, criticizing and education shall be imposed, those having objects shall hand over the objects; for those repeatedly offending after repeated education, the controlling entity shall impose administrative punishment.

XI, Implementation rules for these Regulations will be formulated respectively by the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Radio and Television, the State Administration or Industry and Commerce and the General Administration of Customs.

XII, These Regulations take effect on the day of promulgation.

国务院关于严禁淫秽物品的规定
(一九八五年四月十七日发布)

淫秽物品,毒害人们的思想,诱发犯罪,危害极大。为了保护广大人民特别是青少年的身心健康,维护社会治安,保证社会主义现代化建设的顺利进行,对各种淫秽物品必须严格查禁。为此,作如下规定:

一、对各种淫秽物品,不论是否以营利为目的,都必须严格禁止进口、制作(包括复制)、贩卖和传播。

二、查禁淫秽物品的范围是:具体描写性行为或露骨宣扬色情淫秽形象的录像带、录音带、影片、电视片、幻灯片、照片、图画、书籍、报刊、抄本,印有这类图照的玩具、用品,以及淫药、淫具。

三、查禁淫秽物品的工作,既要坚决、认真,又不要扩大范围。夹杂淫秽内容的有艺术价值的文艺作品,表现人体美的美术作品,有关人体的生理、医学知识和其他自然科学作品,不属于淫秽物品的范围,不在查禁之列。

四、海关要加强进出口环节的查禁工作。凡携带、邮寄或走私入境的淫秽物品,由海关一律予以没收,并可对当事人处以罚款。对情节严重的,由公安、司法机关依法惩处。

五、各地查禁淫秽物品的工作,在当地人民政府统一领导下,由公安、文化、教育、广播电视和工商行政管理等部门按照各自的分工,负责组织实施,并加强协作配合。

六、因工作需要进口的资料中, 夹杂有淫秽内容的, 如需要保留,应规定严格的借阅、使用制度,不许向无关人员扩散;如不需要保留,应上交公安部门处理。

七、涉外接待单位以及有关交通运输单位,如果发现外来人员遗留淫秽物品,应集中上交公安部门,单位和个人一律不准保存,更不准向其他单位或个人扩散。

八、查获的淫秽物品,除海关依法没收的由海关按规定销毁外,统交公安部门集中处理。

九、对于走私、制作、贩卖、组织传播淫秽物品,构成犯罪的,由司法机关依法惩处;未构成犯罪的,由主管部门根据情节轻重给予行政处分。

对向不满十八岁未成年人传播淫秽物品的,利用工作职务便利将没收的淫秽物品传播的,以及利用职权和所管理的设备复制或传播淫秽物品的,应依法从严惩处。

十、对观看淫秽录像、电影、电视的,应给予批评教育。对观看、传抄淫书、淫画的,应予以批评教育,有实物的应交出实物;对屡教屡犯的,由主管部门给予行政处分。

十一、本规定的实施办法,分别由公安部、文化部、教育部、广播电视部、工商行政管理局、海关总署制定。

十二、本规定自发布之日起施行。

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