Ministry of Post and Telecommunications Notice concerning Further Grasping Rectification and Clean-Up Work of the Book, Newspaper, Periodical and Audiovisual Markets

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On 24 August, the Party Centre and the State Council convened a nationwide telephone conference on rectifying and cleaning up the book, newspaper, periodical and audiovisual product markets, called on all levels’ Party Committees and governments to further mobilize, strengthen leadership, strictly implement policies, meticulously organize matters and concentrate forces to conduct a one-time complete rectification and clean-up of the book, newspaper, periodical and audiovisual product markets before the National Day. This is a large matter relating to the construction of a Socialist spiritual civilization and relating to a long period of peace and order of the country, the nationwide post and telecommunications departments must firmly implement this, and earnestly grasp this work. Since our Ministry sent the emergency telegram on 17 July, imposing self-inspection on newspapers, books and periodicals sold in post and telecommunications departments, all localities post and telecommunications departments have vigorously launched work, and have already achieved preliminary results. On the basis of statistics from management bureaus in twenty provinces, more than 180.000 volumes of books and periodicals propagating bourgeois liberalization, obscenity and sex, murder and violence, feudal superstition and other content have been ferreted out, and more than 1.700.000 volumes of books and periodicals have been sealed up pending inspection and appraisal. On the basis of the deployment of the Central Committee and State Council telephone conference, in order to further grasp the work of post and telecommunications departments in rectifying and cleaning up the book, newspaper, periodical and audiovisual product markets, the following matters are notified:

I, All levels’ leaders must fully understand the major political importance of rectifying and cleaning up the book, newspaper, periodical and audiovisual product markets, fully understand the harmfulness of pornographic books, periodicals and audiovisual products and the necessity of “Sweeping Pornography” work, and must adopt firm measures concerning rectification and clean-up work post and telecommunications departments in their area and especially their own work units, and earnestly take responsibility for grasping matters well.

II, All provincial management bureaus and all work units subordinate to ministries must continue to earnestly organize self-examination well, and conduct a one-time complete rectification and clean-up of their subordinate newspaper and periodical distribution and retail work units and all newspaper and periodical salesrooms, newspaper and periodical retail kiosks, (points), publishing and printing work units, and work units having audiovisual product production capacities. According to the relevant regulations of the Administration of Press and Publications and local governments, all matters falling under the ban should be confiscated and destroyed; where it is impossible to determine whether or not some newspapers and periodicals fall under the banning scope for the moment, they must be provisionally sealed up, and shall actively send sample books to the relevant departments for examination. The focus points of rectification and clean-up are newspaper and periodical retail segments, and examination must be conducted especially earnestly on newspaper and periodical retail companies and their stocking channels, on the basis of discovered clues, it is necessary to cooperate with relevant departments to further investigate the responsibility of relevant publishing and printing work units.

III, At the same time as vigorously doing self-examination well, it is necessary to actively coordinate with and accept inspection from the local press and publications, culture, industry and commerce and other departments, no work unit or individual may for any reason obstruct the work of local inspection groups; the inspection group may not be deceived; all books, periodical and audiovisual products that are sealed up or provisionally sealed up may without exception not be sold. In all cases where the abovementioned circumstances occur, the responsibility of the directly responsible persons and their leaders will be investigated.

IV, In order to strengthen organizational leadership over this work, the Central Committee has established a National Small Work Group for Rectification and Clean-up of the Book, Newspaper, Periodical and Audiovisual Markets, one ministerial leader of our Ministry is a member of this work group. All provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities shall also establish corresponding work departments, to be responsible for organization and coordination of this work. All management bureaus are requested to link up, actively participate and closely coordinate work with the local Party Committees and governments.

V, All provincial bureaus and directly subordinate work units must report the situation of work progress timely to the local government and the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications.

邮电部关于进一步抓好整顿清理书报刊及音像市场工作的通知
八月二十四日,党中央、国务院召开全国整顿清理书报刊及音像市场电话会议,号召各级党委和政府进一步动员起来,加强领导,严格执行政策,精心组织,集中力量在国庆节前对书报刊和音像市场进行一次全面的整顿清理。这是关系到社会主义精神文明建设,关系到国家长治久安的一件大事,全国邮电部门必须坚决贯彻,认真抓好这项工作。我部自七月十七日发出紧急电报,部署对邮电部门零售的报纸、书刊进行自查以来,各地邮电部门积极开展工作,已经取得了初步成效。据二十个省管理局的统计,已查出有宣扬资产阶级自由化、淫秽色情、凶杀暴力、封建迷信等内容的书刊十八万册,已封存待审查认定的书刊一百七十万册。根据中央、国务院电话会议的部署,为进一步抓好邮电部门整顿清理书报刊及音像市场的工作,特通知如下:

一、各级领导要充分认识整顿清理书报刊及音像市场的重大政治意义,充分认识黄色书刊、音像制品的危害性和“扫黄”的必要性,对本地区邮电部门特别是本单位的整顿清理工作,必须采取坚决措施,认真负责地抓好抓实。

二、各省管局和部直属各单位要继续认真组织好自查,对所属报刊发行零售单位及所有的报刊门市部、报刊零售亭(点),出版和印刷单位,具有音像制品制作能力的单位,进行一次全面的整顿、清理。按照新闻出版署及当地政府的有关规定,凡属应当取缔的要立即收缴销毁;有些书刊一时不能确定是否属取缔范围的,应暂时封存,并主动将样书送请有关部门审定。整顿清理的重点是报刊零售环节,尤其对报刊零售公司,及其进货渠道要认真进行检查,并根据查出的线索,协助有关单位进一步追查有关出版、印制单位的责任。

三、在积极搞好自查的同时,要主动配合并接受当地新闻出版、文化、工商等部门的检查,任何单位和个人不得以任何理由阻挠当地检查组的工作;不得对检查组弄虚作假;所有查封和暂时封存的书刊、音像制品,一律不得继续出售。凡发生上述情况者要追究直接责任者及其领导的责任。

四、为加强对这项工作的组织领导,中央成立了全国整顿清理书报刊及音像市场工作小组,我部一位部领导是工作小组成员。各省、自治区、直辖市也将成立相应的工作班子,负责这项工作的组织和协调。请各管理局主动同当地党委、政府联系,积极参与和密切配合做好工作。

五、各省局和直属单位要把工作进展情况及时向当地政府和邮电部报告。

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