Regulations concerning Strengthening Management over Publications Depicting Main Party and State Leaders

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Promulgated jointly by the Central Propaganda Department and the Administration of Press and Publications on 5 May 1990

In the recent period, a number of publishers, magazines and newspapers have published or issued a batch of documentary writings, reports and biographic works depicting Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi, Zhu De, Deng Xiaoping, Chen Yun and other main Party and State leaders, also, books and articles have been written about Comrades Jiang Zemin, Li Peng, etc., which have had a large influence on society. Among these, there are a number of works that are written relatively well, but generally speaking, there are excessively many of this sort of works, and not a few exhibit problems that merit attention. For example, some factual content is not correct or not true, appraisal of persons is partial and not fair, some make the important speeches of leaders or internal situations of the Party Centre public without authorization; some hanker after “undisclosed secrets”, “behind the scenes”, “personal secrets” or “unofficial history”, large quantities use hearsay and gossip, concoct historical facts, fabricate the mentality or speech of leaders or relationships between leaders, belittle or even slander revolutionary leaders. These problems have harmed the Party’s leadership politically, and is not beneficial to the larger picture of persisting in the Four Cardinal Principles and stability.

In order to strengthen management over this sort of publications, guarantee quality, with the approval of the Centre, hereby, the relevant provisions are notified as follows:

I, Main Party and State leaders as named in these Regulations refers to: incumbent or past Party Central Committee Politburo Standing Committee members, State chairmen and vice-chairmen, State Council premiers, National People’s Congress Standing Committee heads, the Central Consultative Commission head, and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference chairman. Publications depicting main Party and State leaders as named in these Regulations refers to: monographs, biographies, memoirs, documentary writing, reports, etc., especially depicting or recording the abovementioned persons.

II, Publishing and issuing these sorts of books and articles must be extremely serious and cautious. Stated historical facts absolutely must be correct, points of view must conform to the spirit of the Party Centre “Resolution Concerning Some Historical Questions”, “Resolution Concerning Some Historical Questions of the Party Since the Founding of the Nation” as well as relevant Centre documents. All relevant controlling departments and publishing work units must strictly keep the gates, and all those not conform to the above requirements may not be published or issued.

III, This sort of books is limited to publication by the People’s Press, the Central Historical Documents Press, the Chinese Communist Party Historical Material Press, the CCP Central Party School Press, the China Youth Press, the Liberation Army Press and all provincial, autonomous region and municipal Peoples Presses, other publishers may without exception not arrange publication. Magazines and newspapers carrying this sort of works, must have it conform to the nature and work division of the magazine or newspaper, where it does not conform, it may not be carried.

IV, Relevant publishers, when arranging theme selection of this sort of books: local publishers must report the manuscript to the local press and publications bureau, the press and publication bureau puts forward an evaluation opinion, and after agreement by the Party Committee Propaganda Bureau reports this to the Administration of Press and Publications for examination and approval; central-level publishers must report the manuscript to their controlling department, and after putting forward and evaluation opinion, the controlling department reports it to the Administration of Press and Publications for approval. For all manuscripts of living main State and Party leaders, before reporting to the Administration of Press and Publications, the opinion of that person must be sought by the publishing work unit. If the Administration of Press and Publications discovers important difficulties and problems during examination and approval, it may send it to the Central Propaganda Department for examination and approval. When necessary, the Central Propaganda Department may, in view of the circumstances, respectively request the Central Historical Document Research Centre, the Central Party History Research Centre, the Military Academy and other departments to assist in examination and approval.

V, When translating or publishing this sort of works of foreign authors, or reprinting this sort of works of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau writers, matters are to be similarly handled according to the abovementioned provisions. Where content is inappropriate but there still is some research or reference value, the situation must be explained at the time of reporting the book manuscript and after approval, a publishing explanation is to be written, only then may it be published, quantities are to be controlled, distribution is to be internal.

VI, The abovementioned books may not be published in the cooperative manner, they may not be sent out for printing or distribution agency, and are to be distributed by Xinhua bookstores without exception.

VII, Publication by the People’s Daily and Seeking Truth Magazine of articles with the above content is to be reported for approval through the examination and approval procedure for those work units. For publication of this sort of article by other newspapers or periodicals, or where audio or video tapes have this sort of content, examination and approval formalities shall be handled according to these Regulations. If they are collected into a book, they must be reported for special approval again according to these Regulations.

VIII, On 10 February 1990, the Administration of Press and Publications issued the “Notice concerning Re-Examination and Approval of Publications Describing Main Central Leading Comrades”, requiring that publishers who published this sort of books and magazines or newspapers who printed this sort of works should conduct a one-time clean-up work on the basis of relevant Central regulations, and report to the higher-level controlling department or the Administration of Press and Publications. Books of this sort that have not been reported so far may not be published or distributed (including goods in manufacturing”. Where they have been reported to the Administration of Press and Publication, they may be dealt with according to these Regulations. If this sort of book needs to be reprinted, it must also be approved according to these Regulations.

IX, Those violating the above Regulations are subject to administrative punishment by Administration of Press and Publications and the local press and publications bureau. If the content may be published, but matters have not been reported for approval according to these Regulations, the total profits are confiscated. If matters have not been reported for approval according to these Regulations, and in addition, the content has problems as well, apart from confiscating profits and imposing the punishment of a fine, the responsibility of the publishing work unit and the relevant responsible persons will be investigated, including disciplinary punishment, the qualifications to publish this sort of book are cancelled, up to the point where the publishing work units is cancelled. If issues of law-breaking occur, the responsibility of the relevant responsible persons, including writers, must be investigated. Newspapers, magazines, audio and video products that violate the above provisions are to be handled with reference to these Regulations.

X, The controlling departments of all relevant publishers, magazines and newspapers and all provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus must make the management of this sort of publication into an important work and grasp it, important situations and problems must be timely reported to the local Party Committee Propaganda Department and the Administration of Press and Publications or the Central Propaganda Department.

关于对描写党和国家主要领导人的出版物加强管理的规定

1990年5月5日,中宣部、新闻出版署

最近一个时期,一些出版社、杂志和报纸出版、发表了一批描写毛泽东、周恩来、刘少奇、朱德、邓小平、陈云等党和国家主要领导人生平的纪实文学、报告文学或传记作品,还有写江泽民、李鹏等同志的图书和文章,在社会上产生了很大的影响。其中有一些作品是写得比较好的,但是总的来看,这类作品过多,存在不少值得重视的问题。例如,有的事实内容不准确、不真实,对人物的评价偏颇不公正;有的擅自公开党中央内部情况和领导人的重要言论;有的热衷于“秘闻”、“内幕”、“隐私”、“野史”,大量使用道听途说的传闻,捏造史实,杜撰领导人的心态、言论和领导人之间的关系,贬低甚至诬蔑革命领袖。这些问题在政治上损害了党的领导,不利于坚持四项基本原则和稳定大局。
为加强对这类出版物的管理,保证质量,经中央批准,现将有关规定通知如下:
一、本规定所称党和国家的主要领导人指:现任或曾任党中央政治局的常委,国家主席、副主席,国务院总理,全国人大常务委员会委员长,中央顾问委员会主任,全国政协主席。本规定所称描写党和国家主要领导人的出版物指:专门描写、记述上述人物的专著、传记、回忆录、纪实文学、报告文学等。
二、出版、发表这类图书、文章必须十分严肃、慎重。所述史实一定要准确,观点必须符合党中央《关于若干历史问题的决议》、《关于建国以来党的若干历史问题的决议》以及中央有关文件的精神。各有关主管部门和出版单位必须严格把关,凡不符合上述要求的,不得出版、发表。
三、这类图书限由人民出版社、中央文献出版社、中共党史资料出版社、中共中央党校出版社、中国青年出版社、解放军出版社和各省、自治区、直辖市人民出版社出版,其他出版社一律不得安排出版。杂志、报纸刊载这类作品,要与杂志、报纸的性质、分工相符,不符的不得刊载。
四、有关出版社在安排这类图书选题时,地方出版社要将书稿报当地新闻出版局,由新闻出版局提出审读意见,经党委宣传部同意后报新闻出版署审批;中央级出版社要将书稿报主管部门,由主管部门提出审读意见后报新闻出版署审批。凡写健在的党和国家主要领导人的书稿,在报送新闻出版署之前,须先由出版单位征求本人意见。新闻出版署在审批中,如有重要疑难问题,可送中央宣传部审批。必要时,中央宣传部可视情况分别请中央文献研究室、中央党史研究室和军事科学院等部门协助审核。
五、翻译出版国外作者和翻印台港澳作者撰写的这类图书,同样按上述规定办理。内容不妥但确有某些研究和参考价值的,在上报书稿时须同时说明情况,经批准后,写好出版说明,方可出版,控制印数,内部发行。
六、上述图书不得协作出版,不得代印代发,一律由新华书店发行。
七、人民日报、求是杂志发表上述内容的文章,由他们按本单位的审批程序报批。其他报纸、杂志发表这类文章,或录音、录像带属于这类内容的,则应按本规定办理审批手续。如汇编成书,须重新按本规定专题报批。
八、1990年2月10日,新闻出版署发出《关于对描写中央主要领导同志的出版物复审和报批的通知》,要求近年出版过这类图书的出版社,发表过此类作品的杂志、报纸,应根据中央有关规定进行一次清理工作,向上级主管部门和新闻出版署报告。至今仍未报的这类图书一律不得出版、发行(包括在制品)。已报新闻出版署的,仍需按本规定办理。此类图书如需再版重印,亦应按照本规定报批。
九、对违反上述规定的,由新闻出版署和当地新闻出版局予以行政处罚。如内容可以出版,但未按规定报批的,没收全部利润。如未按规定报批,加之内容也有问题的,除没收利润和加处罚款外,还将对出版单位及有关责任者追究责任,包括纪律处分,取消出版这类图书的资格,以至撤销出版单位。如发生违反法律的问题要对有关责任者包括作者追究法律责任。报纸、杂志、录音、录像制品违反上述规定的,参照本条规定处理。
十、各有关出版社、杂志、报纸的主管部门和各省、自治区、直辖市新闻出版局,要把对这类出版物的管理当作一项重要工作来抓,重要情况和问题要及时向当地党委宣传部门和新闻出版署、中央宣传部报告。

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