Notice concerning Strengthening Management over Internal Newspapers and Periodicals

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20 July 1994

Central Propaganda Department, Administration of Press and Publications, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, State Administration of Industry and Commerce

XCLZ No. (1994)6

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal Party Committee propaganda departments, press and publications bureaus, post and telecommunications management bureaus, administrative industry and commerce management bureaus:

In recent years, a number of work units have openly solicited subscriptions for, peddled and sold at fixed price internal newspapers and periodicals, used internal newspapers and periodicals to engage in advertising and other commercial activities or to organize open social activities, some even sent internal newspapers and periodicals abroad, leaked out situations that should not be leaked out, creating consequences unfavourable to the country. This sort of situation must be rapidly corrected. Hereby, the following is notified concerning the problem of internal newspaper and periodical management:

I, Internal newspapers and periodicals refers to  non-commercial continuous publications that are used within a system, a sector or a work unit to guide work, exchange experience and exchange information that have a “printing permission certificate” (the registration symbol has no “domestic uniform periodical number CNxx-xxxx”, but displays the internal newspaper and periodical printing certificate number”. When publishing internal newspapers and periodicals, all provisions of the “Internal Newspaper and Periodical Management Principles” of the Administration of Press and Publications should be observed, relevant departments and especially leading cadres should highly recognize the harm of not distinguishing between inside and outside under conditions of reform and opening up, and realistically strengthen management over internal newspapers and periodicals. Press and publications work units may not carry information from or advertising for internal newspapers and periodicals, may not carry or broadcast news on internal newspapers and periodicals organizing open social activities, and may not reprint or transmit information or articles from internal newspapers and periodicals.

II, All localities’ propaganda departments and press and publications management departments should jointly keep the gate of examination, approval and registration of internal newspapers and periodicals. They may not approve newspapers and periodicals that have been registered as internal but are openly distributed in reality. Those of which registration has already been approved, should be cleaned up; those that need to be continued, shall be strictly managed according to the “Internal Newspaper and Periodical Management Principles”, their issuance and exchange scope may not exceed their sector or system, they may not be openly displayed, may not carry a fixed price, may not be openly sold, may absolutely not be disseminated abroad or to the Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions and foreign-related domestic work units, and may not conduct or participate in any commercial activity (including commercial advertising) and open social activities. The registration of internal newspapers and periodicals that will conduct all sorts of open activities, will be cancelled; those entering markets, will be confiscated. Where press and publications work units continue to disseminate or reprint information and content from internal newspapers and periodicals, they will be strictly punished according to provisions relating to newspaper and periodical management.

III, All localities’ administrative industry and commerce management departments must strictly examine and verify the newspaper and periodical registration certification of any press and publications work unit applying to engage in advertising or other commercial activities, and all those falling under internal newspapers and periodicals must be refused approval without exception; “advertising commerce permits”, “provisional advertising commerce permits” and “business licences” for launching other commercial activities that have already been approved and issued to internal newspapers and periodicals, must be cleaned up promptly upon the arrival of the documents, and be cancelled. Where internal newspapers and periodicals still conduct advertising and other commercial activities after cancellation, apart from punishment according to administrative industry and commerce management regulations, the press and publications bureau of their locality should also be notified to cancel their publication registration.

IV, All localities’ post and telecommunications departments accepting newspapers and periodicals for postal distribution and retail or who print and mail newspaper and periodical catalogues and periodical subscription advertising should strictly examine the newspaper and periodical registration certification, all those falling under internal newspapers and periodicals may without exception not be accepted for distribution or retail.

V, All localities’ Party Committee propaganda departments, press and publications bureaus, administrative industry and commerce bureaus, and post and telecommunications bureaus must, under the leadership of the local Party Committee and government, earnestly take up responsibility according to each’s distribution of work, coordinate and cooperate, appropriately do internal newspaper and periodical clean-up work well, and report the clean-up results before 31 October to the Central Propaganda Department and the Administration of Press and Publications.

中央宣传部、新闻出版署、邮电部、国家工商行政管理局关于加强内部报刊管理的通知

新出联字〔1994〕6号

各省、自治区、直辖市党委宣传部,新闻出版局,邮电管理局,工商行政管理局:

近几年来,一些单位公开征订、摆卖、定价销售内部报刊,利用内部报刊从事广告等经营活动或组织公开的社会活动,有的甚至将内部报刊发往海外,把不该泄露的情况泄露出去,造成对国家不利的后果。这种情况必须迅速加以纠正。现就内部报刊管理的有关问题通知如下:

一、内部报刊是指持“准印证”,在本系统、本行业、本单位内用于指导工作、交流经验、交换信息的非商品性连续出版物(登记的标志是不带有“国内统一刊号CN××-××××”,而只标明内部报刊准印证号)。出版内部报刊应严格遵守新闻出版署《内部报刊管理原则》的各项规定,有关部门特别是领导同志,应高度认识改革开放形势下内外不分的危害,切实加强对内部报刊的管理。新闻出版单位不得刊播内部报刊出版的消息、广告,不得刊登和播发内部报刊组织公开社会活动的消息,不得转载、播发内部报刊的消息、文章。

二、各地宣传部门、新闻出版管理部门,应共同把好内部报刊的审批、登记关。不得批准以内部报刊为名实际上公开发行的报刊。已批准登记的,应进行清理;有必要继续办的,严格按《内部报刊管理原则》管理,其发放和交换范围不得超越本行业、本系统,不得公开陈列,不准刊印定价,不得公开销售,更不准传播到国外和港澳台地区及境内的涉外单位,不得进行或参与任何经营活动(包括经营广告)和公开的社会活动。对仍进行各类公开活动的内部报刊,撤销其登记;进入市场的,予以收缴。对新闻出版单位继续发布和转载内部报刊消息和内容的,严格按报刊管理有关规定处理。

三、各地工商行政管理部门,对报刊出版单位申请从事广告及其它经营活动的,要严格审核报刊登记证明,凡属内部报刊,一律不予批准;已批准、发放给内部报刊的“广告经营许可证”、“临时性广告经营许可证”及开展其它经营活动的“营业执照”,自文到之日起,应即进行清理,予以注销。注销之后仍进行广告及其他经营活动的内部报刊,除按工商行政管理法规处罚外,还应通知所在地新闻出版局注销其出版登记。

四、各地邮电部门接受报刊邮发、零售或印制邮发报刊目录、报刊征订广告,应严格审核报刊登记证明,凡属内部报刊,均不得接受其发行、零售。

五、各地党委宣传部,新闻出版局、工商行政管理局、邮电管理局,要在当地党委和政府领导下,按各自的分工,认真负责,相互协调,相互配合,妥善做好内部报刊的清理工作,并将清理的结果于10月31日前报送中央宣传部和新闻出版署。

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