Notice concerning Prohibiting Recording, Producing and Publishing Audiovisual Publications of Performances by Criminals Currently Serving their Sentence
GFL No. (1988)1014
All provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio and television offices (bureaus) and judicial offices (bureaus):
Since this year, some audiovisual publishing work units have incessantly produced and published audiotapes of song performances by criminals currently serving sentences. This sort of manner is utterly mistaken. Not only does it interfere with the reform work of criminals, it also attracts harmful influence on society. Because of this, the following provisions are hereby made:
I, It is strictly prohibited to conduct commercial performances with criminals currently serving sentences openly towards society, including performances for film production studios, television stations and radio stations and audio or video recordings for audiovisual publishing work units. All localities’ reform-through-labour work units must strengthen management over criminals, if there are violations, the responsibility of the relevant personnel and leaders should be investigated.
II, All audiovisual publishing work units and film production studios, television stations and radio stations may not produce audiovisual publications and video tapes of performances by criminals currently serving sentences for publication or distribution. If there are violations, all localities’ audiovisual management departments shall immediately cease them, confiscate publications and impose punishment in consideration of the circumstances.
III, Recording and production of audiotapes of performances by people within one year of release after completing a sentence shall be reported in advance to the provincial-level audiovisual management departments for examination and approval. In content, there must be strict examination, in quantity, there must be strict control, and full consideration of the social effect. All those published without authorization and without undergoing approval by the provincial-level audiovisual management department, should be considered as illegal publications, investigated and prosecuted.