Notice concerning Competences in Appraising Obscene and Sexual Publications

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In order to adapt to the needs of cleaning up and rectifying the newspaper, book, periodical and audiovisual markets at present, the competences to appraise (determine) obscene publications and sexual publications may be appropriately transferred to a lower level. The concrete rules are:

1. appraisal of obscene works and sexual works in illegal publishing activities may be conducted by all provincial, autonomous region and municipal people’s governments (governments may entrust the press and publications bureau with this responsibility), and they report to the Administration of Press and Publications for filing;

2. appraisal of publications in local work units, may be conducted by all provincial, autonomous region and municipal people’s government, and they report to the Administration of Press and Publications for filing;

3. for appraisal of publications of external publishing work units, the press and publications bureau puts forward a preliminary opinion, and reports this to the press and publications bureau of the locality of the publishing work unit, which conducts appraisal; at the same time, a copy is reported to the Administration of Press and Publications, when necessary, the Administration may directly conduct appraisal;

4. for appraisal of publications of Central publishing work units, the bureau of press and publications still puts forward a preliminary opinion, and the Administration of Press and Publications conducts appraisal.

Where the above circumstances 3 and 4 apply, in order to timely handle matters, the local controlling department may, on the basis of approval of the government, adopt necessary measures in advance, including detaining investigated criminals,  in order to avoid losing the opportune moment.

新闻出版署关于鉴定淫秽、色情出版物权限的通知

为适应当前清查、整顿书报刊及音像市场的需要,对淫秽出版物、色情出版物的鉴定(认定)权限可以适当下放。具体办法是:1.对非法出版活动中淫秽出版物、色情出版物的鉴定,可以由各省、自治区、直辖市人民政府作出(政府可委托新闻出版局负责进行),报新闻出版署备案;2.对本地出版单位的出版物的鉴定,也可以由各省、自治区、直辖市人民政府作出,报新闻出版署备案;3.对外出版单位的出版物的鉴定,由新闻出版局提出初步意见,通报出版单位所在地的新闻出版局进行鉴定;同时抄报新闻出版署,必要时新闻出版署直接作出鉴定;4.对中央出版单位的出版物,仍由新闻出版局提出初步意见,报新闻出版署进行鉴定。属于上述3、4两种情况的,为及时办案需要,当地主管部门可以根据政府的批准,先行采取必要措施,包括收容审查犯罪分子,以免贻误时机。

 

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