Notice concerning Conducting Clean-Up, Rectification and Re-Registration of Newspaper (Periodical) Journalist Stations

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Central Propaganda Department, General Administration of Press and Publications

(May 1990)

The journalist stations of all newspaper and periodical publishers (including newspapers and periodicals in the radio and television system and run by press agencies) in all localities have had a vigorous function in disseminating information, exchanging experience and reflecting achievements of construction in all localities. But in recent years, journalist stations have greatly increased in number, development is overly excessive and management is weak. Some journalist stations have not conducted registration formalities with the local Party Committee propaganda department and government press and publications management department, not a few journalist stations use their main energy for activities outside of newsgathering (such as canvassing advertising, support or engaging in commercial activities), some non-news work units have also disorderly established journalist stations in violation of regulations, gravely disturbing regular newsgathering activities, yielding unhealthy tendencies and creating a very bad social influence. In order to rectify the situation that journalist stations are excessive in number, and strengthen leadership and management over journalist stations, clean-up, rectification and re-registration must be conducted of newspaper (periodical) journalist stations. Hereby, the following matters are notified as follows:

I, Journalist stations are work organs of newspaper (periodical) publishers stationed in localities other than that of the editorial department on the basis of newsgathering needs, they are not independent organs and do not have legal person status. Their function and powers are newsgathering, organizing copy, communications and other news activities. Journalist stations may not engage in other activities not related to news, and may certainly not utilize their powers to canvass advertising, support or engage in commercial activities.

II, Those permitted to apply for establishment of journalist stations, must be newspapers or periodicals having news reporting as main content that are approved by government press and publications management departments, and having a “Domestic Uniform Serial Number” (CNXX- -XXXX). Newspapers and periodicals not mainly having news-type content, non-newspaper work units and newspapers holding an “internal newspaper and periodical printing permit” may without exception not establish journalist stations.

III, Journalist station personnel numbers shall be strictly controlled. The journalists in journalists stations shall be mainly personnel from within the personnel allocation of newspaper (periodical) publishers who have specialist skilled news duties and specially engage in newsgathering, they may also be personnel specially transmitted to the said newspaper (periodical) publisher by the personnel allocation committee of the locality of the stations, having newsgathering abilities and who engage in newsgathering for the newspaper (periodical) publisher full-time.

IV, For establishment of journalist stations, the newspaper (periodical) publisher must put forward an application, the newspaper (periodical) publisher’s controlling department is to examine, verify and agree with this and permission from the local Party Committee propaganda department and government press and publications management department is to be obtained.

V, The national newspapers and periodicals run by all Central and State Council ministries and commissions, directly subordinate organs, and all people’s groups, which are comprehensive newspapers may establish stations in provincial capitals and plan-listed cities, other specialist or sector newspapers and news-type periodicals may establish journalist stations in the provincial-level controlling work unit of that system provincial capitals and plan-listed cities, on the basis of the specialist division of labour and the reporting needs of the newspaper or periodical. In exceptional cases where journalist stations are to be established because of true newsgathering needs, station establishment formalities may only be conducted after examination, verification and approval by the provincial-level Party Committee propaganda department and government press and publications bureaus of the locality where the station is to be established.

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal Party committee and government organ newspapers may establish journalist stations in districts (cities, counties) in their localities, and generally are not to establish stations in other provinces, where stations must be established because of true newsgathering needs, station establishment formalities may only be conducted after joint approval by both the Party Committee propaganda departments and government press and publications bureaus of the own province and the province where the station is to be established.

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal regional (city) Party Committee organ newspapers may not establish journalist stations across regional.

All provincial office (bureau) newspapers, county papers and provincial-level or lower specialist or sector newspapers are not to establish journalist stations,

VI, For this rectification of journalist stations, newspaper (periodical) controlling departments shall first and foremost put forward rectification plants on the basis of the provisions of this Notice, and applications made for re-registration to the provincial-level Party Committee propaganda department and government press and publications bureau of the locality of the journalist station.

VII, All provincial, autonomous region and municipal Party Committee propaganda departments and government press and publications bureaus shall, on the basis of the provisions of this Notice, conduct examination and verification of journalist stations in their localities. The examination and verification content includes:

(1) relevant examination and approval documents for journalist station establishment;

(2) a reason for journalist station re-registration application put forward by journalist (newspaper) publishers’ controlling departments, the journalist stations’ work situation in this region and the rectification and clean-up situation;

(3) The situation of journalist stations’ organizing organs, personnel and funding sources, and documents that can certify the personnel allotment of journalist stations. All those who are not official personnel within the personnel allocation of the newspaper (periodical) publisher, shall provide certification documents of the government personnel allotment committee of the locality where the station is established;

(4) the professional programmes that the journalist station is planning to launch;

(5) the situation of office premises.

Those completing application formalities and conforming to the station establishment conditions provided in this Notice, are to go to the provincial-level press and publications bureaus for re-registration after undergoing approval by the provincial-level Party Committee propaganda department and the government press and publications bureau, and are to announce this locally through newspapers and other news media.

All those not conforming to the provisions of this Notice, are not granted re-registration, and the local Party Committee propaganda department and government press and publications management department are to notify them to immediately cease their activities, and on the basis of needs, announce this locally through newspapers and other news media. Those not conforming to the provisions of this Notice and refusing to cease activities, shall be severely punished by government press and publications management departments jointly with relevant departments, up to investigating the leading responsibility of the newspaper (periodical) publishing and controlling departments.

VIII, Newspaper (periodical) publishers may not establish sub-publishing houses or external editorial departments and offices in other provinces. Those already established shall be cancelled.

IX, All provincial, autonomous region and municipal Party Committee propaganda departments and government press and publications bureaus may, on the basis of the relevant provisions of this Notice, integrate the real situation of their reality, and formulate concrete rules for journalist station re-registration.

X, All newspaper (periodical) publishers must realistically strengthen leadership and management over journalist stations established in their localities. All local Party Committee propaganda departments and government press and publications management departments must strengthen leadership and management over journalist stations in their localities, and are empowered to investigate and prosecute their activities that violate the law or violate management regulations, up to cancellation of regulations.

XI, All localities’ work in clean-up, rectification and re-registration of journalist stations and clean-up and cancellation of offices, shall be concluded before 31 July 1990. All provincial, autonomous region and municipal Party Committee propaganda departments and provincial press and publications bureaus shall at that time write a written report on this work to the Central Propaganda Department and the Administration of Press and Publications.

 

中共中央宣传部、新闻出版署关于对报(刊)社记者站进行清理整顿和重新登记的通知
(1990年5月)
各报刊社(含广播电视系统、通讯社所办的报刊)在各地的记者站为传播信息、交流经验、反映各地建设成就发挥了积极的作用。但近年来记者站大量增加,发展过多过滥,管理薄弱。有些记者站未向驻地党委宣传部门和政府新闻出版管理部门办理登记手续,不少记者站将主要精力用于新闻采访以外的活动(如摊派广告、赞助或从事经营活动),一些非新闻单位也违反规定乱建记者站,严重干扰了正常的新闻采访活动,滋长了不正之风,造成很坏的社会影响。为了纠正记者站过多过滥的状况,加强对记者站的领导和管理,必需对现有报(刊)社的记者站进行清理、整顿和重新登记。现将有关事项通知如下:
一、记者站是报(刊)社根据新闻采访需要而派驻编辑部以外地区的工作机构,不是独立机构,不具有法人资格。其职能权限于采访、组稿、通联等新闻业务活动。记者站不得从事与新闻业务无关的其他活动,更不得利用职权摊派广告、赞助和从事经营活动。
二、可以申请建立记者站的,必须是经政府新闻出版管理部门批准、编入“国内统一刊号”(CN××--××××)的报纸和以新闻报道为主要内容的期刊。以非新闻性内容为主的报纸、期刊,一般不建记者站,非新闻单位和持“内部报刊准印证”的报刊,一律不得建立记者站。
记者站一律不得建立分站。
三、对记者站的人员数量应严格控制。记者站的记者主要应是该报(刊)社编制内具有新闻专业技术职务并专门从事新闻采访的人员,也可以是有建站地政府编制委员会专门为该报(刊)社下达的编制指标、具有采访能力并专职为该报(刊)社从事新闻采访的人员。
四、记者站的建立,必须由报(刊)社提出申请,经报(刊)社的主管部门审核同意并得到所在地党委宣传部门和政府新闻出版管理部门的批准。
五、中央、国务院各部委、直属机构、各人民团体主办的全国性报刊,其中综合性日报可在省会或计划单列城市建站,其他专业性、行业性报纸和新闻性期刊,可根据报刊专业分工和报道需要,在省会或计划单列城市的本系统省级主管单位建立记者站。个别确因新闻采访需要必须在上述规定范围外建站的,由建站所在地省级党委宣传部和政府新闻出版局从严审核批准后,方可办理建站手续。
各省、自治区、直辖市党委、政府机关报,可在本地区的地(市、县)建立记者站,一般不在省外建站,个别确因新闻采访需要必须建站的,由本省和拟建站省双方党委宣传部和政府新闻出版局共同批准后,方可办理建站手续。
各省、自治区、直辖市的地区(市)党委机关报,不得跨地区建立记者站。
各省厅(局)的报纸、县报和省及省以下的专业性、行业性报纸不建记者站。
六、这次整顿记者站,应首先由报(刊)社主管部门按本通知规定,提出整顿方案,再向记者站所在地省级党委宣传部和政府新闻出版局申请重新登记。
七、各省、自治区、直辖市党委宣传部和政府新闻出版局应根据本通知规定,对本地区记者站进行审核。审核内容包括:
(一)记者站建站的有关审批文件;
(二)由报(刊)社的主管部门提出的记者站申请重新登记的理由和记者站在本地区的工作状况及此次清理整顿状况;
(三)记者站组织机构、人员、经费来源情况和可证明记者站人员编制的文件。凡不是报(刊)社编制内的正式人员,应出示建站地政府编制委员会的证明文件;
(四)记者站拟开展的业务项目;
(五)办公场所情况。
对于申请手续完备、符合本通知规定并具备建站条件的,经省级党委宣传部和政府新闻出版局核准后到省级新闻出版局重新登记,并通过报级等新闻媒介向当地公告。
凡不符合本通知规定条件的,不予重新登记,由当地党委宣传部和政府新闻出版管理部门通知其立即停止活动。并根据需要通过报纸等新闻媒介向当地公告。对不符合本通知规定、又拒不停止活动的,政府新闻出版管理部门应会同有关部门对其严肃处理,直至追究报(刊)社和主管部门的领导责任。
八、报(刊)社不得在外地设立分社、社外编辑部和办事处。现已设立的应予撤销。
九、各省、自治区、直辖市党委宣传部和政府新闻出版局可依据本通知的有关规定,结合本地实际情况,制定记者站重新登记的具体办法。
十、各报(刊)社要对设在各地的记者站切实加强领导和管理。各地方党委宣传部门和政府新闻出版管理部门要对本地区的记者站加强领导和管理,对其违法、违反管理规定的行为有权进行查处,直至撤销登记。
十一、各地对记者站的清理、整顿、重新登记和对办事处的清理、撤销工作,应在1990年7月31日前结束。各省、自治区、直辖市党委宣传部和省新闻出版局届时应就此项工作向中宣部和新闻出版署写出书面报告。

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