Notice Concerning Questions regarding Shooting Films or Television Dramas with Public Security Themes
27 May 1986
All provincial, autonomous region and municipal Public Security Offices, Bureaus:
Since two years, public security organs in all localities have individually shot or in cooperation with television stations or film producers shot a sizeable amount of television dramas and films with public security themes, leading to a vigorous function for the flourishing of public security literature and art, and development of public security propaganda. But in these films and television dramas exist grave problems: some take content which the Centre has clearly prohibited to be openly propagated such as drug trafficking, etc., as central theme; some pay no attention to the societal effect, concretely describing criminal methods and case-cracking technology; some have a base style, playing up violence and sex, some are drawn up from scratch, lack elementary common sense, violate the legal order and regulations corresponding to public security work, stories violating public security work discipline, which are completely fabricated, in which public security organs infiltrate Party committees and public security organs infiltrate each other mutually, have even appeared; some misrepresent and defame Party cadres and public security personnel images at whim. This sort of picture, after broadcast, has created a very bad influence on the broad People’s masses and public security police, not a few people have written letters to newspapers, periodicals, and Central guidance organs, raising stern criticizing opinions.
According to the spirit of Central directions concerning film and television propaganda having to pay attention to societal effect, it is necessary to strengthen national public security system film and television propaganda work management and guidance. First of all, public security organs may not shoot themselves, and may also not assist other work units in shooting films and television dramas of inferior quality. From now on, the following examination and approval system is implemented:
I, All levels’ public security organs (including Armed Police Teams) shooting films or television dramas with public security themes by themselves or in cooperation with other work units, must before starting, surely give the final script draft to the provincial, autonomous region or municipal Public Security department, the department shall check and approve, for major themes or where there is dispute or uncertainty, it shall be reported to the Party Committee Propaganda Department and the Ministry of Public Security. For shooting television dramas, it is necessary to carry out Ministry of Radio, Film and Television regulations concerning the television drama permit system.
II, All film production plants and television stations requiring public security organ cooperation for shooting public security-theme films and television dramas, before starting, shall give the final script draft to the provincial, autonomous region or municipal Public Security department, the department shall check and examine, if it is found that this picture has grave problems and the other side does not make rectifications, the provision of materials shall be refused, cooperation or assistance shall be refused.
III, All localities’ public security organs shooting films or television dramas themselves or in cooperation with other work units must, before starting broadcast and foreign distribution, go through provincial, autonomous region or municipal public security department or office examination, sale or broadcast of those not having passed examination is prohibited without exception.
All provincial, autonomous region and municipal public security offices and departments’ entities charge of propaganda work must, after receiving this notice, immediately conduct a one-time earnest inspection of films and television dramas in the process of being shot (including those made in cooperation with outside work units”, shooting of all those not conforming to the spirit of the Central instructions concerning shooting films and television dramas and relevant Ministry of Radio, Film and Television regulations, shall be stopped immediately. From now on, all provincial, autonomous region and municipal public security offices and departments must strengthen guidance over public security propaganda work in their localities, educate cadres and police engaging in film or television drama script creation, revision and shooting work in proper literature and art thoughts, establish the concept f taking societal interest as the sole standard, strictly observe the relevant regulations, strive to raise the level of creation, strive to incessantly shoot public security theme films and television dramas of high quality.