Hebei Provincial People’s Congress Standing Committee Resolution concerning Strengthening Book and Newspaper Publishing and Market Management

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The 7th Standing Committee of the Hebei Provincial People’s Congress, at its 8th Meeting, listened to and deliberated the report of the provincial People’s Government concerning the situation of publishing work and book and periodical management in the entire province. The Meeting found that, our province’s publishing work has, under the guidance of “serving the people and serving Socialism” and the “Two Hundreds” policy, obtained great achievements in recent years, and a batch of relatively influential good books and periodicals have been published; many measures have been adopted to rectify newspaper and periodical publishers and attack illegal publishing activities, which had a vigorous effect on cleaning up book, periodical and cultural markets. But, it must be soberly considered that, because of the influence of bourgeois liberalization ideological trends, and the overly lenience of administrative management, the phenomena of grave confusion still exists in editing, printing, distribution, book and periodical markets and other aspects. In our provinces’ book and periodical markets, books and periodicals with a vulgar style, or which are even reactionary, obscene, sexual, violent or superstitious still circulate in large numbers, poisoning people’s thoughts, gravely harming the physical and mental health of minors and inducing crime, the broad popular masses are extremely dissatisfied about this.

In order to earnestly implement the spirit of the 4th Plenum of the 13th Party Congress, persist in the Four Cardinal Principles, launch education and struggle to oppose bourgeois liberalization, eliminate spiritual pollution, strengthen our provinces’ book and periodical publishing and market management work, and stimulate the construction of a Socialist spiritual civilization and material civilization, the following Decision is made:

I, The publishing undertaking is an important component part of constructing a Socialist spiritual civilization and material civilization, and is an important battlefield for propagating Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought and the Party’s line, principles and policies, and for propagating Socialist democracy and the legal system, transforming culture and scientific knowledge, it has a deep and broad influence on the ideological and cultural quality of the entire nation, the moral customs of the entire society and the growing up of minors, and even the progress of material production technology and management. Because of this, all levels’ People’s Governments must realistically strengthen guidance over publishing work, earnestly persist in the Four Cardinal Principles, oppose bourgeois liberalization with colours flying, and even better persist in the principle of “serving the people and serving Socialism”. To continue in deepening reform, social interest must be put first from start to finish.

II, The broad publishing workers must strengthen a sense of social responsibility and raise professional moral levels. It is necessary to optimize topic selection, strive to provide healthy and beneficial books and periodicals to the broad readers, and vigorously support the publication of excellent academic, scientific and technological works. It is strictly prohibited to publish books and periodicals propagating bourgeois liberalization ideologies and content that is reactionary, obscene, sexual, murderous, superstitious, etc.; other books and periodicals that are not beneficial to the healthy growing up of minors should also not be published. It is necessary to strictly abide by State and provisional laws and regulations related to publishing. Those making achievements must be given praise and awards, and those violating regulations must be severely punished.

Strengthen printing management, prevent illegal printing activities. Earnestly implement the “Provisional Rules on Printing Sector Management” jointly promulgated by the State Administration of Press and Publications, the Ministry of Public Security and the State Administration of Industry and Commerce.

III, Rectify distribution channels, fully give rein to the function of State-operated bookstores as main channels. Management must be strengthened over collective and individual bookshops and bookstalls and all other types of book and periodical sales points. State provisions concerning launching book and periodical wholesale business must be strictly implemented. State organs, groups and enterprise or undertaking work units may not engage in unauthorized publishing and distribution business, in order to safeguard the proper order of publishing and distribution work. All State-operated, collective and individual bookstores, bookstalls and all other book and periodical sales points are strictly prohibited to sell books, periodicals, pictorials or images that are reactionary, obscene, sexual, murderous or superstitious, etc. Powerful measures must be adopted against books and periodicals that are still being sold and have a vulgar style, and they must be earnestly cleaned up. All sorts of publications with a limited distribution scope must be strictly distributed within the provided scope, this may not be wilfully expanded. In book sales activities, State pricing policies must be earnestly implemented. All levels’ culture market management committees and administrative press and publications, culture, industry and commerce management, public security, pricing, taxation and other departments must fulfil their duties and responsibilities, use legal, administrative, economic, public opinion and other methods to rectify book and periodical market order. Special attention must be paid to management and education of individual booksellers. Businesspeople gravely violating the law must be determinedly banned and attacked.

IV, Strengthen the construction of the publishing legal system, establish social public opinion supervision systems. The formulation work of the provincial “Publishing Management Regulations” and “Cultural Market Management Regulations” must be grasped. Governments and relevant departments must appropriately adjust the economic policies for the publishing undertakings, vigorously formulate regulations, systems and measures concerning prohibiting reactionary, obscene, sexual, murderous and superstitions publications, and printing, distribution and other aspects. Mobilize and organize all walks of society to denounce producers, publishers and sellers of reactionary, obscene and other publications. All levels’ press and publications, and culture departments must fully give rein to administrative management and supervision functions. The directly controlling departments of periodical publishers must shoulder the leading responsibility over the periodicals they run. All relevant departments must closely cooperate, strictly enforce the law, coordinate actions and deal with matters comprehensively. Judicial authorities must severely punish those who produce or peddle reactionary, obscene and other publications, where this violates criminal law; concerning prohibited books that have entered circulation, public security and administrative industry and commerce management departments must coordinate with press and publications, and culture management departments, and vigorously organize investigation and prosecution.

河北省人大常委会关于加强书刊出版和市场管理的决议
河北省第七届人民代表大会常务委员会第八次会议,听取并审议了省人民政府关于全省出版工作和书刊市场管理情况的汇报。会议认为,我省出版工作近年来在“为人民服务、为社会主义服务”和“双百”方针的指引下,取得了显著成绩,出版了一批较有影响的好书刊;采取许多措施整顿报刊社,打击非法出版活动,对净化书刊文化市场起了积极作用。但是,必须清醒地看到,由于资产阶级自由化思潮的影响,和行政管理失之过宽,致使编辑、印刷、发行和书刊市场等方面存在着严重混乱现象。在我省书刊市场上还大量流行着格调低下甚至反动、淫秽、色情、凶杀、迷信书刊,毒害人们的思想,危害青少年的身心健康,诱发犯罪,广大人民群众对此非常不满。

为认真贯彻党的十三届四中全会精神,坚持四项基本原则,开展反对资产阶级自由化的教育和斗争,清除精神污染,加强我省书刊出版和市场管理工作,促进社会主义精神文明和物质文明建设,特作如下决议:

一、出版事业是社会主义精神文明和物质文明建设的重要组成部分,是宣传马列主义、毛泽东思想和党的路线、方针、政策,宣传社会主义民主与法制,传播文化、科学知识的重要阵地,它对于全民族的思想文化素质,对于全社会的道德风尚和青少年的成长,乃至物质生产技术和管理的进步,都有着深刻而广泛的影响。因此,各级人民政府要切实加强对出版工作的领导,认真坚持四项基本原则,旗帜鲜明地反对资产阶级自由化,更好地坚持“为人民服务,为社会主义服务”的方针。继续深化改革,始终把社会效益放在首位。

二、广大出版工作者要增强社会责任感,提高职业道德水平。要优化选题,努力为广大读者提供健康有益的书刊,积极扶持优秀的学术、科技著作的出版。严禁出版宣扬资产阶级自由化思想和反动、淫秽、色情、凶杀、迷信等内容的书刊;其他不利于青少年健康成长的书刊,也不应该出版。要严格遵守国家和省有关出版的法律、法规。对做出成绩者要给予表扬和奖励,对违反规定者要严肃处理。

加强印刷管理,制止非法印刷活动。认真执行国家新闻出版署、公安部、国家工商行政管理局等部门共同制定的《印刷行业管理暂行办法》。

三、整顿发行渠道,充分发挥国营书店主渠道的作用。对集体、个体书店、书摊及其他各类图书、期刊的销售点要加强管理。要严格执行国家关于开展书刊批发业务的规定。国家机关团体和企事业单位,不得擅自从事出版发行业务,以维护出版发行工作的正常秩序。所有国营、集体、个体书店、书摊及其他各类书刊销售点,严禁出售反动、淫秽、色情、凶杀、迷信等书刊和画册、图片。对目前仍在销售的格调低下的书刊要采取有力措施,认真进行清理。对限制发行范围的各类出版物,要严格按规定范围发行,不得任意扩大。在书刊销售活动中,要认真执行国家的物价政策。各级文化市场管理委员会及新闻出版、文化、工商行政管理、公安、物价、税务等部门,要尽职尽责,运用法律、行政、经济、舆论等手段,整顿书刊市场秩序。要特别注意对个体书商的管理和教育。对严重违法经营者,要坚决取缔和打击。

四、加强出版法制建设,建立社会舆论监督制度。要抓紧省《出版管理条例》、《文化市场管理条例》的制订工作。政府和有关部门要适当调整出版事业的经济政策,积极制订关于查禁反动、淫秽、色情、凶杀、迷信出版物和印刷、发行等方面的规章、制度和措施。动员与组织社会各界谴责反动、淫秽等出版物的制作者、出版者和贩卖者。各级新闻出版、文化部门要充分发挥行政管理、监督的职能。期刊社的直接上级部门要对自己所办的刊物切实负起领导责任。各有关部门要密切合作,严格执法,协调行动,综合治理。对制作、贩卖反动、淫秽等书刊,触犯刑律的,司法机关要依法惩处;进入流通领域的违禁书刊,公安、工商行政管理部门要配合新闻出版、文化管理部门积极组织查处。

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