(9 May 1987)
In order to strengthen management over publications and raise the quality of publications, with the approval of the State Council, it is decided to rectify, substantiate and raise our country’s existing newspapers, periodicals and publishers, and re-register them. Hereby, the relevant matters are notified as follows:
I, Newspapers, periodicals and publishers applying for re-registration, must undergo rectification according to the relevant regulations of the CCP Central Committee and the State Council, and be examined and qualified by a State-appointed relevant organ. The standards are:
(1) having a clear purpose for running a newspaper, periodical or publisher, conform to the Four Cardinal Principles, and being able to serve the construction of a Socialist material civilization and spiritual civilization;
(2) having a specialist scope of work division approved by the State-appointed organ;
(3) having a sponsoring work unit and higher-level controlling department that realistically bear leading responsibility;
(4) having complete leadership ranks
(5) having a qualified full-time editor-in-chief (or general editor or director) and a certain number of professional backbones;
(6) having the necessary material conditions (funding, office premises, printing plants or printing contract work units).
II, After approval by the State-appointed organ, newspapers, periodicals and publishers applying for re-registration, shall respectively send a registration application letter to the State Administration of Press and Publications and the relevant provincial, autonomous region and municipal people’s government press and publication bureau and provide the credentials of the approval for continued operations, and fill out a registration form. The registration application letter must be examined, verified and signed by the sponsoring work unit and the higher-level controlling work unit, and indicate the following content:
(1) work unit name (newspapers and periodicals shall also indicate the publication period);
(2) the sponsoring work unit and higher-level controlling work unit;
(3) the purpose of operation and the specialist work division scope;
(4) the name, address and CV of the editor-in-chief and the vice-editor-in-chief (or the (vice) general editor or (vice) director);
(5) an outline of the organizational structure;
(6) the business premises and address (can only be in the same location as the sponsoring work unit);
(7) funding and their sources
(8) the name, address of the printing and distribution work unit and the name and address of the main responsible person. The above content must be filled out truthfully by the applying work unit, and will be checked.
III, All provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Government press and publications bureaus are responsible for re-registration work of newspapers, periodicals and publishers in their region, and after examination and verification, issuing registration certificates to those conform to the requirements of this Notice, and reporting them to the State Administration of Press and Publications for filing at the same time.
All central ministries and commissions and all provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Governments are responsible for rectification work of the newspapers, periodicals and publishers subordinate to these departments and regions, and earnestly appraise whether or not rectification meets standards.
Whether or not newspapers, periodicals and publishers are re-registered, must be examined and approved by the relevant work unit appointed by the State. All relevant State-appointed organs, when examining and approving matters, must consider the present situation that the number of newspapers, periodicals and publishers is on the high side, quality is on the low side and editorial backbones are few and weak, as well as insufficient paper supply, and decide to close down or merge a batch. Central first-level newspaper re-registration, must first be examined and approved by the State Administration of Press and Publications.
Central first-level periodical re-registration, must first be examined and approved by the State Administration of Press and Publications, where these are social sciences, literary or artistic; where these fall under the natural sciences, engineering and technology, they must be examined and approved by the State Science and Technology Commission, and be reported to the Administration of Press and Publications for filing.
Local newspaper and periodical re-registration, must first be examined by the provincial, autonomous region or municipal People’s Government, and be reported to the State Administration of Press and Publications for filing.
Whether or not newspapers and periodicals in the military system are re-registered, must first be examined and approved by the General Political Department, and be reported to the State Administration of Press and Publications for filing. Publisher re-registration must first be examined and approved by the State Administration of Press and Publications.
IV, All newspapers, periodicals and publishers not conform to the requirements of this Notice, are not granted re-registration without exception.
V, Newspapers, periodicals and publishers that have undergone re-registration, must clearly indicate the registration number on every newspaper, issue and book, and indicate the name of the editor-in-chief (or general editor or director). Those violating the “Constitution”, laws and press and publications regulations, and those violating the purpose for running a newspaper, periodical or publisher and exceeding the specialist scope of work division, are timely prosecuted by the press and publications management department jointly with relevant departments, and according to the gravity of the circumstances, subject to the punishments of a warning, a stern warning, confiscation of publications and sales income, fines, cessation for rectification, up to cancellation of registration.
VI, Illegal publishing activities must be strongly banned without exception. Investigating and prosecuting illegal publishing activities is implemented by all provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Government press and publications bureaus together with administrative public security, judicial and industry and commerce management departments and other relevant departments, which confiscate their publications and sales income, and when necessary, impose fines. Those violating the “Public Order Management Regulations” and violating criminal laws, will be subject to public order management punishment or prosecution of criminal responsibility by the public security departments and judicial departments.
Newspapers, periodicals and publishers not granted re-registration or of which registration is cancelled, may without exception not further engage in any professional activity. Offenders are investigated and prosecuted for illegal publishing activities.
All provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Government administrative press and publications bureaus shall, jointly with administrative light industry, post and telecommunications, public security, judicial and industry and commerce management departments, and other relevant departments, conduct rectification of newspaper, book and periodical printing work units and newspaper, periodical and book distribution work units in their regions, and conduct registration and management of printing plants and especially small town printing plants and small town collective and individual distribution points distributing newspapers, periodicals and books.
VII, Newspaper and periodical re-registration, apart from those falling under the natural sciences, engineering and technology, shall be completed within the third quarter of this year. For publisher re-registration, the preparatory work shall be completed before the end of this year.
All provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Government press and publications bureaus, Central and State organ ministries and commissions are requested to transfer this Notice to their subordinate newspapers, periodicals and publishers.
9 May 1987