Administration of Press and Publications,
3 July 1990
It is a regular phenomenon in newspaper publishing that newspapers need to temporarily increase sheet numbers or number quantities because of special needs, but at present, the increase of sheets and numbers is relatively chaotic, for example, some newspapers increase sheets or numbers on their own accord without seeking approval, some use the provisional increase of sheets or numbers as an excuse to run “special issues” and engage in “paid-for news”, for the purpose of profit, some even publish two versions of the same newspaper, of which one is printed in relatively small numbers, in order to cheat readers and advertising customers, this creates a very bad influence on society. In order to strengthen management over the temporary increase of sheets or numbers by newspapers, hereby, the relevant matters are promulgated as follows:
I, Temporary sheet increase by newspapers refers to newspapers listed under the “Domestic Uniform Periodical Numbering” that increase the number of sheets temporarily or for one time outside of the number of sheets provided on the “Newspaper and Periodical Registration Certificate”; temporary number increase by newspapers refers to newspapers listed under the “Domestic Uniform Periodical Numbering” that increase the number of numbers temporarily or for once outside of the number of numbers provided on the “Newspaper and Periodical Registration Certificate”. Newspaper digests and special collections do not fall into the scope of provisional increase of sheets or numbers. Newspapers holding an “Internal Newspaper and Periodical Printing Permit” may not increase sheets or numbers temporarily.
II, The temporary increase of sheets or numbers by newspapers must be approved by the administrative press and publications department, only then may publication take place. The temporary increase of sheets or numbers by newspaper shall be applied for in writing by the newspaper publisher, thirty days before publication, with the administrative press and publications management department (newspapers of central work units report to the Administration of Press and Publications; newspapers of local work units report with the provincial level administrative press and publications department). Application content includes:
1. the reason for temporary increase of sheets or numbers;
2. the content of temporary increase of sheets or numbers;
3. the genre, publishing date, layout, number of sheets, distribution scope, etc., of temporary increase of sheets or numbers;
4. approval documents for the temporary increase of sheets or numbers from the newspaper’s controlling department.
III, The temporary increase of sheets or numbers by newspapers shall conform to the following requirements:
1. newspapers temporarily increasing sheets or numbers shall publish them according to the approved genre, publishing date, layout, number of sheets, distribution scope, etc., these may not be wilfully changed;
2. newspapers temporarily increasing sheets shall indicate the phrase “Today x sheets of x size” in a clear position at the bottom of the masthead of that date; newspapers provisionally increasing numbers shall indicate the phrase “added number x of year xxxx” in a clear position at the bottom of the masthead”.
3. newspapers temporarily increasing sheets or numbers may not charge extra fees from users;
4. newspapers temporarily increasing sheets shall be printed according to the print run of the original newspaper, and distributed with the original newspaper; they may not be independently distributed and sold, and the sheet number shall be indicated according to the sheet numbering scheme of the original newspaper (for example, fifth edition, sixth edition, etc.).
IV, Newspapers may not publish special issues for exhibitions, expositions, trade fairs, goods ordering fairs or other activities, or specific work units, under the form of increasing editions.
V, Newspapers may generally not temporarily increase numbers, with the exception of being in coordination with impotent international conferences or events, nationwide or province-wide important conferences or activities or to conduct specific propaganda. The publication of temporary increase of numbers shall conform to the following requirements:
1. showing the approval documents of the work unit sponsoring a conference or event (ministerial, provincial level or higher_ for this conference or event and the approval documents to publish temporarily increased numbers to the examination and approval organ;
2. where the distribution quantity of the newspaper is 80.000 copies or more, the quantity of temporarily increased numbers or special issues may not be less than 80.000 copies (for example, a newspaper whose distribution quantity exceeds 80.000 copies in the city where the conference or event is organized, shall print according to the distribution quantity of that city), and it is to be sent to all subscribers of that newspaper in the city concerned; where the print run is 80.000 copies or less, the number of its temporarily increased numbers or special issues shall be the same as the print run of the original newspaper, and it shall be distributed to all subscribers of the original newspapers together with the original newspaper. Temporarily increased numbers and special issues may not be distributed or sold independently;
3. Advertising space may not exceed 1/3 of temporarily increased numbers or special issues;
4. The phrase “special issue xxx” shall be indicated in a clear position, its point size shall be clearly smaller than the font size of the masthead.
VI, Newspapers that temporarily increase sheets or numbers must have them published by editors of the newspaper’s editorial department, they may not be published by other work units or individuals through contracting, entrustment or other forms; they may not be edited or published under the name of a delegated agency of that newspaper (such as a journalist station)
The above provisions take effect on 1 August 1990.