Provisional Regulations concerning the Management of the Cover, Illustrations and Publication Advertising of Publications

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5 July 1988, Administration of Press and Publications

Recently, sexual, obscene images and imagery of terror and murder have appeared on the cover, in illustrations, content introductions, advertising and propaganda of some publications (including books, newspapers, periodicals, transcripts, videotapes, audiotapes, pictures) and especially literature and art-type publications, some even match this with stimulating and provocative language, the influence is very bad, and may lead to dissatisfaction of the broad masses. In order to protect the healthy growing up of youth, ensure that publishing and distribution work serves the construction of a Socialist spiritual civilization even better, with the permission of the State Council, the following provisional regulations have been made concerning publication covers, illustrations and advertising for publications:

I, It is prohibited for publication covers, illustrations and publication advertising to solicit readers with sexual or murderous language and images.

II, Publishing work units must take responsibility for the publication cover and illustrations, summaries, advertising and propaganda of their own publishers, and must strictly keep the gate. All localities’ administrative press and publications organs must strengthen inspection and supervision.

III, Publishing work units must strictly abide by State regulations concerning publications management, it is strictly prohibited to transfer, sell or covertly sell book or periodical numbers; book numbers may not be used to publish periodicals or covertly publish periodicals; periodicals may not replace books or covertly sold as books; the heading may also not be used to replace the name of the periodical or the expanded headings; the power of editing and screening books and periodicals may not be abandoned, and books or periodicals may not be subject to contracting or part-contracting to other work units or individuals, letting them decide the content, cover, summary, advertising and propaganda materials, etc., of books and periodicals,

IV, In all cases where publishers examined, verified and agreed with covers, illustrations, advertising and propaganda materials of publications that play up obscenity, sex or murder, the responsibility of the publisher should be investigated; in case of inspection, verification and agreements, self-printing and production by non-publishing work units V, Those violating these Regulations, are respectively punished according to the relevant provisions of the “Provisions concerning Reiterating the Strict Prohibition of Obscene Publications”.

关于出版物封面、插图和出版物广告管理的暂行规定

1988年7月5日,新闻出版署

近来,一些出版物(包括书籍、报刊、抄本、录像带、录音带、图片),特别是文艺类出版物的封面、插图及内容介绍、广告宣传品中,出现带有色情、淫荡、恐怖凶杀形象的画面,有的还配以刺激性和挑逗性的文字,影响很坏,引起广大群众的不满。为保护青少年的健康成长,使出版发行工作更好地为社会主义精神文明建设服务,经国务院批准,特对出版物封面、插图及出版物广告暂作如下规定:
一、出版物封面、插图和出版物广告中,严禁用色情、凶杀的文字和图画招徕读者。
二、出版单位要对自己所出版的出版物的封面、插图、提要和广告宣传品负责,严格把关。各地新闻出版行政机关要加强检查监督。
三、出版单位必须严格遵守国家有关出版管理规定,严禁转让、出卖或变相出卖书刊号;不得用书号出版期刊或变相出版期刊;不得以刊代书或变相出书;也不得用要目代替刊名或扩大要目;不得放弃书刊的编审权,而将书刊承包或部分承包给其他单位和个人,任其决定书刊的内容、封面、提要和广告宣传品等。
四、渲染淫秽、色情、凶杀的出版物的封面、插图、广告、宣传品,凡经出版单位审核同意的,应追究出版者的责任;对未经出版单位审核同意而私自印制的,要追究制作者、张贴者的责任。
五、违反本规定者,按新闻出版署1988年7月5日《关于重申严禁淫秽出版物的规定》的有关条文分别予以处理。

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