Some Regulations Concerning Prohibiting Paid-For News

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Central Propaganda Department, Ministry of Radio, Film and Television, Administration of Press and Publications, the All-China News Workers Association

ZXF No. [1997]2

15 January 1997

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal Party Committee Propaganda Department, Radio and Television Offices (Bureaus), Press and Publications Bureaus, Journalist Associations, all main central news work units:

The “Central Committee Resolution concerning Some Important Questions in Strengthening Socialist Spiritual Civilization Construction” clearly put forward: “establishing and completing regulatory systems, strengthening team education and management. Strictly prohibiting paid-for news, selling of book numbers and unreasonable demands of high remuneration.” In order to implement the spirit of the “Resolution”, strengthen news teams’ professional ethics construction, prohibit paid-for news, safeguard the reputation of news work and the good image of news teams, establish a new sector style of respecting work and contributions, being upright, just, honest and clean, according to relevant regulations promulgated by the Central Propaganda Department and the Administration of Press and Publications, integrating the new circumstances, the following provisions are reiterated and formulated:

I, When news work units gather, edit and issue news, they may not receive fees in any way. News workers may not ask for money or goods under any name from newsgathering and reporting counterparts, and may not accept monies, goods, value vouchers, credit cards, etc., from newsgathering and reporting counterparts in any way.

II, News workers may not borrow or try out cars, housing, home electrics, communications tools and other goods from newsgathering and reporting counterparts in any way.

III, News workers participating in press conferences and enterprise opening up, product market introductions and other celebration activities, may not demand or accept cash gifts in any way.

IV, News work units’ on-the-job journalists and editors may not hold posts in other enterprise or undertaking work units concurrently or obtain remuneration; without authorization from their work units’ leader, they may not accept offers to assume a position of journalist, special correspondent or special contributor concurrently in other news work units.

V, News workers individually may not conduct newsgathering and reporting activities in unauthorized groups.

VI, News workers may not put forward special requests outside of work, related to individual life aspects during newsgathering activities, and they are strictly prohibited to love ostentation, compare wealth and squander public funds.

VII, News workers may not utilize the conveniences of their position to demand other persons to perform private tasks for them, and they are strictly prohibited to adopt “public exposure”, “editing and releasing internal reference” and other methods to coerce other persons to achieve individual objectives.

VIII, News reports and advertising must be strictly separated, news reporting may not collect any fees, and no advertising may be made for enterprises or products in the form of news reports. All special editions, special numbers, special pages, special columns, programmes, etc., receiving fees, must have an advertising symbol, and be separated from other, non-advertising information.

IX, News reports must be strictly separated from assistance, and newsgathering and publishing news reports may not be used to collect support. News work units must bring all support fees, or “joint funds” obtained through organizing “soliciting articles”, “competitions”, “special theme programmes”, etc., under the uniform management of their work units’ financial department, for reasonable use and to be accounted for regularly. When obtaining support or jointly organizing columns or programmes, only the name of the supporting or jointly organizing work unit may be announced, and no propaganda may be made of the image and products of the supporting or jointly organizing work unit in the form of writing, spoken language, images, etc.

X, News reports must be separated from commercial activities. News work units shall have specialist personnel engaging in advertising and other commercial work, and may not transfer business income tasks to editorial departments. Journalists and editors may not engage in advertising and other commercial activities.

All news work units must, according to the above regulations, integrate the reality of their work unit, formulate implementation rules and earnestly implement them.

Internal supervision systems must be established and completed, giving rein to the function of discipline inspection and supervision departments, and guaranteeing the satisfactory implementation of regulations. Social supervision must be accepted, and the All-China News Workers’ Association and all news work units must respectively publish reporting telephones to society, guarantee that there are special people responsible and earnestly accept this. Of individuals violating the above regulations, the news work unit and the controlling department confiscate their unlawful income, and, in regard of the gravity of the circumstances, impose the punishment of criticism and education, report of criticism, Party discipline and government discipline, up to discharge, those violating laws are transferred to the judicial organs, who will deal with them. Work units gravely violating the above regulations, will be subject to administrative punishment by the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television and the Press and Publications Administration. Model cases must be selected and openly reported, to promote the prohibition of paid-for news work to be conducted deeply and lastingly, and strive to obtain effect.

 

关于禁止有偿新闻的若干规定

中央宣传部、广播电影电视部、新闻出版署、中华全国新闻工作者协会

中宣发[1997]2号

 

关于禁止有偿新闻的若干规定

 

各省、自治区、直辖市党委宣传部、广播电视厅(局)、新闻出版局、记协、中央各主要新闻单位:

 

《中共中央关于加强社会主义精神文明建设若干重要问题的决议》明确指出:”建立健全规章制度,加强队伍的教育和管理。严格禁止有偿新闻、买卖书号、无理索取高额报酬。”为贯彻落实《决议》精神,加强新闻队伍职业道德建设,禁止有偿新闻,维护新闻工作的信誉和新闻队伍的良好形象,树立敬业奉献、清正廉洁的行业新风,根据中宣部、新闻出版署颁布的有关规定,结合新的形势,重申并制定如下规定:

 

一、新闻单位采集、编辑、发表新闻,不得以任何形式收取费用。新闻工作者不得以任何名义向采访报道对象索要钱物,不得接受采访报道对象以任何名义提供的钱物、有价证券、信用卡等。

 

二、新闻工作者不得以任何名义向采访报道对象借用、试用车辆、住房、家用电器、通讯工具等物品。

 

三、新闻工作者参加新闻发布会和企业开业、产品上市以及其他庆典活动,不得索取和接受各种形式的礼金。

 

四、新闻单位在职记者、编辑不得在其他企事业单位兼职以获取报酬;未经本单位领导批准,不得受聘担任其他新闻单位的兼职记者、特约记者或特约撰稿人。

 

五、新闻工作者个人不得擅自组团进行采访报道活动。

 

六、新闻工作者在采访活动中不得提出工作以外个人生活方面的特殊要求,严禁讲排场、比阔气、挥霍公款。

 

七、新闻工作者不得利用职务之便要求他人为自己办私事,严禁采取”公开曝光”、”编发内参”等方式要挟他人以达到个人目的。

 

八、新闻报道与广告必须严格区别,新闻报道不得收取任何费用,不得以新闻报道形式为企业或产品做广告。凡收取费用的专版、专刊、专页、专栏、节目等,均属广告,必须有广告标识,与其他非广告信息相区别。

 

九、新闻报道与赞助必须严格区分,不得利用采访和发表新闻报道拉赞助。新闻单位必须把各种形式的赞助费,或因举办”征文”、”竞赛”、”专题节目”等得到的”协办经费”,纳入本单位财务统一管理,合理使用,定期审计。在得到赞助或协办的栏目、节目中,只可刊播赞助或协办单位的名称,不得以文字、语言、图象等形式宣传赞助或协办单位的形象和产品。

 

十、新闻报道与经营活动必须严格分开。新闻单位应由专职人员从事广告等经营业务,不得向编采部门下达经营创收任务。记者、编辑不得从事广告和其他经营活动。

 

各新闻单位要根据上述规定,结合本单位实际,制定实施细则,认真贯彻执行。

 

要建立健全内部监督制度,发挥纪检、监察部门作用,确保规定落到实处。要接受社会监督,中华全国新闻工作者协会和各新闻单位要分别向社会公布举报电话,确定专人负责,认真受理。对违反上述规定的个人,由新闻单位和主管部门没收其违规收入,并视情节轻重,给予批评教育、通报批评、党纪政纪处分,直至开除,触犯法律的移送司法机关处理。对严重违反规定的单位,由广播电影电视部和新闻出版署给予行政处罚。要选择典型案例公开报道,推动禁止有偿新闻的工作深入持久地进行,务求取得实效。

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