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