Notice Concerning Stopping Import and Screening of Laser Discs (Feature Films)

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All provincial, autonomous region and municipal Party Committee Propaganda Departments, People’s Government Press and Publications Bureaus, Radio and Television Offices (Bureaus), Culture Offices (Bureaus), Public Security Offices (Bureaus), General Administration of Customs Guangzhou Division, all Customs, General Political Department Propaganda Department:

Since laser discs (feature films) are screened in our country’s public venues, developments have been swift and violent, management has lost control, which has brought about grave problems. Presently, there is no capacity in the country yet to product laser discs (feature films), only import can be depended upon, and there is no technological way to conduct editing or revision of video disc content. At the same time, large amounts of illegally imported laser discs (feature films) are gushing onto the cultural market, and are very hard to control. Under these circumstances, if no measures are adopted to determinedly stop this, laser discs (feature films) from Western countries and the Hong Kong and Taiwan Regions with vulgar style and even extremely harmful content will flood in every day, creating disastrous consequences, and will gravely strike and destroy the healthy development of our country’s film and television sector, and audiovisual sector. In order to persist in our country’s socialist orientation on the ideological and cultural battlefield, guarantee a healthy spiritual culture lift for the people, and in order to develop laser disc (feature film) creation conditions in a healthy and orderly way from now on, the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television and the Ministry of Culture have issued the “Notice Concerning Immediately Stopping Import and Screening of Foreign Laser Discs” on 12 July of this year. In order to further do this work well, the following provisions are made:

I, Immediately stopping all public venue screening of imported laser discs (feature films). These venues include specialized laser disc screening points, cinemas, theatres, culture palaces, entertainment centres as well as hotels, etc. Presently existing programmes will be sealed up respectively by the administrative management entities in charge, those with obscene or reactionary content will be confiscated by Public Security offices. After cessation of screening, relevant entities must earnestly inspect, confiscate and deal with those transferring laser discs (feature films) to videotapes without authorization.

II, All work units and all entities immediately stop import work of laser discs (feature films) (including import for rental purposes). Customs will confiscate all laser discs imported without authorization in violation of this provision.

III, Distribution of already imported laser discs (feature films) is stopped without exception.

IV, Laser discs (feature films) that are illegally smuggled onto the market will be confiscated without exception. Illegal screening points will be banned, and subject to fines or confiscation of laser discs (feature films) and their machinery and equipment. Customs must strictly inspect individuals bringing or mailing laser discs (feature films) into the country for their own use, those with prohibited content will be confiscated, and dealt with according to relevant Customs regulations. Those that are not examined may without exception not be distributed. Customs and Public Security organs must strictly attack smuggling of laser discs (feature films).

V, The above work is concretely implemented by administrative radio and television, and culture management entities according to the system. For screening units outside the two abovementioned systems, all provincial, autonomous region and municipal Party Committees and governments appoint administrative management entities that will implement this. All relevant entities must vigorously grant support and cooperation with this work. All provincial, autonomous region and municipal Party Committee Propaganda Department jointly with local audiovisual management entities are responsible for supervision and inspection of this work. Importing and screening work units violating the above provisions, taking the gravity of the circumstances into regards, will be subject to administrative punishments of confiscation of illegal income, fines, confiscation of machinery, equipment and laser discs, cessation for rectification, revocation of screening permits and business licences; administrative punishments will be imposed upon the directly responsible person in charge. Administrative punishments are imposed according to the relation of subordination, those inside the culture and radio and television systems, will be decided by all provincial, autonomous region and municipal culture offices (bureaus) or radio and television offices (bureaus), others are decided by all provincial, autonomous region and municipal Party Committee and government-assigned administrative management entities. Where relevant management entities refuse to implement or not earnestly implementing the provisions of this Notice, the disciplinary responsibility of the leader will be investigated.

VI, Where relevant provisions issued in the past by all entities,  conflict with these provisions, these provisions will be implemented.

VII, This Notice takes effect on the day of arrival. All provincial, autonomous region and municipal Party Committee Propaganda Departments must draw up a special report on the implementation of this Notice for the Central Propaganda Departments before 15 October of this year, and send a copy to the Press and Publications Administration, Ministry of Radio, Film and Television and Ministry of Culture.

中共中央宣传部、新闻出版署、广播电影电视部、文化部、公安部、海关总署关于停止进口和播放激光视盘(故事片)的通知

各省、自治区、直辖市党委宣传部、人民政府新闻出版局、广播电视厅(局)、文化厅(局)、公安厅(局),海关总署广东分署、各海关,总政宣传部:

激光视盘(故事片)在我国公共场所放映以来,发展迅猛,管理失控,带来严重问题。目前,国内还不具备制作激光视盘(故事片)的能力,只能依靠进口,对视盘内容在技术上也无法进行处理和删节。同时,大量非法进口的激光视盘(故事片)正在涌入文化市场,很难控制。在这种情况下,如果不采取措施坚决制止,格调低下甚至内容极其有害的西方国家和港台地区的激光视盘(故事片)将日益泛滥,造成恶果,并将严重冲击和破坏我国影视业和音像业的健康发展。为了坚持我国思想文化阵地的社会主义方向,保障人民健康的精神文化生活,并为今后健康而有秩序地发展激光视盘(故事片)创造条件,广播电影电视部和文化部于今年七月十二日发出《关于立即停止进口、播放海外激光视盘的通知》。为了进一步做好这项工作,特作如下规定:

一、立即停止在一切公共场所播放进口的激光视盘(故事片)。这些场所包括专业的激光视盘放映点、电影院、剧院、文化宫、娱乐中心以及宾馆等。现有节目分别由主管的行政管理部门查封,有淫秽、反动内容的由公安机关收缴。停止播放后,对于擅自将激光视盘(故事片)转录成录像带的,有关部门要认真查缴处理。

二、各单位、各部门立即停止激光视盘(故事片)的进口业务(包括以租片形式进口)。对违反本规定擅自进口的激光视盘,海关均予退运。

三、已进口的激光视盘(故事片)一律停止发行。

四、非法走私流入市场的激光视盘(故事片)一律没收。非法放映点予以取缔,并给予罚款或没收激光视盘(故事片)及其机器设备的处罚。海关对个人携带和邮寄进境自用的激光视盘(故事片)要严格审查,有违禁内容的,均予没收,并按照海关有关规定处理。未经审查的一律不予放行。海关和公安机关对走私激光视盘(故事片)的要严厉打击。

五、以上工作由广播电视、文化行政管理部门按系统具体落实。上述两个系统之外的放映单位,由各省、自治区、直辖市党委、政府指定行政管理部门落实。各有关部门对这项工作要积极予以协助配合。各省、自治区、直辖市党委宣传部会同当地的音像主管部门负责这项工作的监督检查。违反上述规定的进口、放映单位,视情节轻重,分别给予没收非法收入、罚款、没收机器设备和激光视盘、停业整顿、吊销放映许可证和营业执照等行政处罚;对于直接负责的主管人员给予行政处分。行政处罚按隶属关系,文化,广播电视系统的,由各省、自治区、直辖市文化厅(局)或广播电视厅(局)决定,其他的由各省、自治区、直辖市党委、政府指定的行政管理部门决定。有关管理部门拒不执行或不认真执行本通知规定的,将追究领导者的纪律责任。

六、各部门过去发布的有关规定,凡与本规定相抵触者,按本规定执行。

七、本通知自文到之日起执行。各省、自治区、直辖市党委宣传部要在今年十月十五日之前向中共中央宣传部写出贯彻本通知的专题报告,并抄送新闻出版署、广播电影电视部、文化部备案。

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