Notice concerning the Prohibition of Publication of Books that Propagate Ignorance and Superstition

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Recently, some individual street vendors and collective work unit have illegally edited, printed and distributed things of the sort of “The Five Elements Fortune-telling Book”, “The Physiognomy of Fingers and Palm”, “The Physiognomy of Three Generations” and “Exploring Auspicious Feng Shui in the Home”, to seek profit and in brazen violation of relevant State publishing regulations. Some official state publishers have, to pursue economic gain, without considering relevant State regulations, and under the excuse of academic research on ethnic customs and traditional culture, also published these sorts of books, and have even engaged in “cooperative” publishing with collective work units. For example, “Divination and Analysis” and “Forecasting the Human Life”, present physiognomy and fortune-telling in great length and detail. This sort of books violates science, violates reason, propagates ignorance and superstition, destroys the social atmosphere, gravely harms the construction of a Socialist spiritual civilization. This problem must be given high regard, and dealt with severely. On the basis of the Constitution and the spirit of relevant State regulations, the following is notified:

Publishers may not publish books propagating ignorance, superstition and violating science such as physiognomy, fortune-telling, feng shui, etc. Academic works truly researching ethnic customs and culture that involve material in these areas may be published. But publishers may not use this as an excuse to publish books propagating ignorance, superstition and feng shui. After receiving this notice, where publishers have already arranged for this topic selection, it shall be cancelled. Illegal publications that have already gone onto the market are banned without exception.

All localities’ press and publications bureaus must cooperate with the local industry and commerce, public security and other departments, strengthen management over the book market and ban this sort of boos that propagates ignorance and superstition. If publishers publish this sort of books in the future, they are subject to administrative punishment. Strict attack is continued against illegal publications.

 

新闻出版署关于不得出版宣扬愚昧迷信的图书的通知
最近,一些个体摊贩、集体单位为获取暴利,公然违背国家有关出版管理规定,非法编辑、印制、发售诸如《五行算命书》、《指掌相法》、《三世相法》、《住宅风水勘凶吉》之类的东西。一些国家正式出版社为追求经济利益,不顾国家的有关规定,以民俗、传统文化的学术研究为借口,也出版这类图书,甚至与集体单位“协作”出版。例如《相学解析》、《人生预测》,以大量篇幅详细介绍看相算命。这类图书,违反科学,违反理性,宣扬愚昧迷信,败坏社会风气,严重损害社会主义精神文明建设。对这个问题,必须高度重视,严肃处理。根据宪法和国家有关规定精神,通知如下:

出版社不得出版看相、算命、看风水等宣扬愚昧、迷信、违反科学的图书。真正研究民俗、文化涉及这方面材料的学术著作,可以出版。但出版社不得以此为借口出版宣扬看相、算命、看风水的图书。接到本通知后,出版社已经安排的这类选题应当撤销。上市的非法出版物一律查禁。

各地新闻出版局要与当地工商、公安等有关部门合作,加强图书市场的管理,取缔这种宣扬愚昧迷信的图书。今后出版社如果出版这类书将予以行政处罚。对非法出版物继续予以严厉打击。

 

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