Urgent Notice concerning Investigating and Rectifying the Book Market

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At present, some books and periodicals violating the Four Cardinal Principles and propagating bourgeois liberalization ideologies are widely circulating, obscene and sexual publications and publications propagating feudal superstition, murder and violence flood the book market, illegal publishing activities remain rampant, gravely harming the construction of a Socialist spiritual civilization, and hamper social stability. Rapidly reversing this sort of situation is a first-rate important work for press and publications management departments at present. Recently, a number of provincial, autonomous region and municipal people’s government, when implementing the spirit of the 4th Plenum, have charged press and publications management departments and relevant departments with conducting inspection and rectification of the book and periodical market, and effects have been achieved. In order to implement the spirit of the 4th Plenum in the entire country, realistically do the inspection and rectification work of the book and periodical market well, the following matters are notified in relation to relevant issues:

I, The scope of inspection and rectification:

1. books and periodicals involving problems of planning or organizing counterrevolutionary riots and propagating bourgeois liberalization and of which sales should be stopped, are to be investigated and prosecuted strictly according to the relevant provisions and notices of our Administration;

2. obscene and sexual publications are to be investigated and prosecuted according to our Ministry’s “Provisional Regulations concerning Appraising Obscene and Sexual Publications”;

3. publications that, although they are not obscene or sexual, contain intermittent sexual content, that are vulgar and philistine and are harmful to minors shall also be confiscated and destroyed;

4. publications propagating feudal superstition, murder and violence are to be confiscated and destroyed without exception;

5. other books, periodicals and illegal publications of which the cessation of sales has already been notified, are investigated and prosecuted according to relevant regulations.

The abovementioned categories of publications to be investigated and prosecuted include the front cover, book illustrations, advertising, publicity materials, etc.

II, Handling competences:

1. All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus may decide on cessation of sale and sealing of publications distributed within their provinces, falling within the abovementioned scope of investigation and prosecution.

2. For publications falling within the abovementioned scope of investigation and prosecution, published by local publishing work units, all provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus have the power to make a punishment decision, report it to the Administration of Press and Publications for filing, and publicly notify the entire country of the investigation and prosecution. Where legal responsibility must be investigated, it must be reported to the Administration of Press and Publications for filing.

3. For publications falling within the abovementioned scope of investigation and prosecution published by publishing work units from other provinces’ and Central publishing bureaus, all provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus may seal them up in advance, and report to the Administration of Press and Publications as soon as possible, in order to facilitate that as soon as possible after appraisal, the entire country is notified of the investigation and prosecution.

4. Where Central first-level publishing work units publish publications falling under the abovementioned scope of investigation and prosecution, their controlling department shall actively conduct investigation and prosecution, the Administration of Press and Publications may also directly conduct investigation and prosecution.

5. Illegal publications are to be confiscated and destroyed on the spot without exception.

Where the abovementioned investigated and prosecuted publications are traded by collectives or individuals, and they are stocked through lawful channels according to regulations, the economic damage is to be borne by the publishing work unit.

All localities’ press and publications bureaus are requested to timely collect information and report to the provincial, autonomous region and municipal Party Committees and governments, obtain the support and coordination from culture, industry and commerce, and public security departments, and immediately take action. Please request the situation of investigation and rectification to our Administration before the end of July of this year.

 

新闻出版署关于检查、整顿书刊市场的紧急通知
目前,一些违背四项基本原则、宣扬资产阶级自由化思想的书刊在社会上广为流传,淫秽色情出版物、宣扬封建迷信、凶杀暴力的出版物充斥图书市场,非法出版活动依然猖獗,严重危害社会主义精神文明建设,妨碍社会安定。迅速扭转这种局面,是当前新闻出版管理部门头等重要的工作。最近,部分省、自治区、直辖市人民政府在贯彻四中全会精神时,责成新闻出版管理部门及有关部门对书刊市场进行检查、整顿,收到了效果。为了在全国贯彻四中全会精神,切实做好书刊市场的检查、整顿工作,就有关问题通知如下:

一、检查、整顿范围:

1.对涉及策划、组织反革命暴乱和宣扬资产阶级自由化问题应停售的书刊,严格按照我署的有关规定和通知查处;

2.淫秽、色情出版物,按我署《关于认定淫秽及色情出版物的暂行规定》查处;

3.虽不属淫秽、色情出版物,但夹杂淫秽色情内容,低级庸俗,有害青少年的也应收缴销毁;

4.宣扬封建迷信、凶杀暴力的出版物,一律收缴销毁;

5.其他已通知停售的书刊和非法出版物,按有关规定查处。

上述查处的各类出版物均包括封面、插图、广告宣传品等。

二、处理权限:

1.各省、自治区、直辖市新闻出版局对本省发行的属于上述查处范围的出版物,都可以决定停售封存。

2.属于上述查处范围的当地各出版单位出版的出版物,各省、自治区、直辖市新闻出版局有权作出处理决定,报新闻出版署备案,并通报全国查处。对其中要追究法律责任的,须报新闻出版署认定。

3.属于上述查处范围的外省和中央出版单位出版的出版物,各省、自治区、直辖市新闻出版局可以先行封存,并尽快报新闻出版署,以便从速认定后,通报全国查处。

4.中央一级出版单位出版的属于上述查处范围的出版物,其主管部门应主动进行查处,新闻出版署也可以直接进行查处。

5.非法出版物一律就地收缴销毁。

上述查处的出版物,其中集体、个体经营,按规定从合法渠道进货的,其经济损失由出版单位负担。

请各地新闻出版局即向省、自治区、直辖市党委和政府汇报,争取文化、工商、公安部门的支持配合,并立即采取行动。检查、整顿情况请于今年7月底前向我署报告。

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