Notice concerning Re-Examination and Approval of Publications Describing Main Central Leading Comrades
10 February 1990
In recent times, some publishing houses, magazine publishers and newspaper publishers have published or issued a batch of books and articles describing the individual and household life situation of Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi, Zhu De, Deng Xiaoping, Chen Yun and other central leading comrades. Some of these books and articles are written acceptably, and have a certain educative function for readers. Even so, there are also a number of books and articles where grave problems that merit attention exist: some hanker after exposing “secret news”, “behind the scenes” and “anecdotes”, cajoling the public with claptrap, and having a low style; some adopt hearsay and rumour or even fabricate or imagine the leaders’ ways of thinking and discussions, and the relationships between leaders; some wilfully appraise leaders; some others open up some internal Party Centre situations and important discussions of leaders, etc., without authorization. This content is not accurate and not true, and there are even books and articles confounding right and wrong, who distort history, misrepresent and uglify the image of leaders, having the effect of harming the political leadership of the Party, and harming the larger picture of persisting in the Four Cardinal Principles and stability. In order to appropriately resolve the issue of publishing this sort of books, and guarantee book quality, on the basis of the spirit of the instructions of Central leading comrades, and before relevant regulations are issues, the following measures are adopted first:
I, All books specially describing the individual and household life situation of Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi, Zhu De, Deng Xiaoping, Chen Yun and other main central leaders that are already published, are to be re-examined by the controlling department of the publishing work unit, the examination report is to be submitted to our Administration after the responsible comrade of the controlling department examines it and puts forward a handling opinion, before the end of February. After our Administration re-examines these, they shall be sent to relevant Central departments for examination and approval on the basis of the situation. If an examination report is not delivered before the end of this time limit, our Administration will adopt the necessary measures.
II, All books and articles that are planned for publication or issuance must be strictly handled according to our Administration’s “Notice concerning the Reporting the Publication Plans for 1990”: “for publication of biographies and memoirs describing main Party and State leaders since founding the nation, agreement of the person in question must be obtained. Where these have died, it must be reported as a special subject to our Administration, and be reported by our Administration to relevant Central departments for examination and approval”. If this is arranged in violation of regulations and without authorization, punishment will be imposed and where circumstances are grave, responsibility will be prosecuted.
最近一个时期，一些出版社、杂志社和报社出版、发表了一批专门描 写毛泽东、周恩来、刘少奇、朱德、邓小平、陈云等中央主要领导同志个 人及家庭生活情况的图书和文章。这些图书和文章有些写得还好，对读者 起到了一定的教育作用。然而也有相当一部分图书和文章存在不少值得重 视的问题：有的热衷于透露“秘闻”、“内幕”、“轶事”，哗众取宠， 格调不高；有的采用道听途说的传闻，甚至编造、杜撰领导人的心态、言 论和领导人之间的关系；有的随意对领导人进行评价；还有的擅自公开一 些党中央内部情况和领导人的重要言论等等。这些内容不准确、不真实， 甚至是非颠倒的图书、文章，歪曲了历史，扭曲丑化了领导人形象，在政 治上起了损害党的领导的作用，对坚持四项基本原则和稳定大局是有害的 。为了妥善解决这类图书的出版问题，保证图书质量，根据中央领导同志 指示精神，在有关规定下达之前，先采取以下措施：
一、凡已出版的专门描写毛泽东、周恩来、刘少奇、朱德、邓小平、 陈云等中央主要领导同志个人及家庭生活情况的图书，由出版单位的主管 部门重新审读，审读报告经主管部门负责同志审核提出处理意见后，于２ 月底前，送交我署。我署复审后，视情况送中央有关部门审批。如过期不 送来审读报告，我署将采取必要措施。
二、凡计划出版和发表的这类图书和文章必须按我署《关于报送１９ ９０年出版计划的通知》规定严格执行：“出版描写建国以来党和国家主 要领导人的传记、回忆录，必须征得本人同意。已去世的，要专题报我署 ，由我署转报中央有关部门审批”。如果违反规定擅自安排，将给予处罚 ，情节严重的要追究责任。