The “Publications Management Regulations” (hereafter simply named Regulations” have been promulgated by the State Council, and take effect on 1 February 1997. This is a large matter in the construction of our country’s publishing legal system, and has an extremely important significance for strengthening and improving publishing management work, stimulating all levels’ administrative press and publications management departments to administer according to the law, guaranteeing the citizen’s exercise of their right to freedom of publication according to the law, protecting the lawful rights and interests of publishing, printing and distribution work units and professionals of books, newspapers, periodicals, audiovisual and electronic publications, and letting Socialist publishing undertakings develop and flourish. In order to guarantee that the “Regulations” is completely and correctly implemented, all levels’ administrative press and publications management departments must give it high regard, and realistically perform relevant work. To this end, the following matters are notified:
I, Earnestly organizing professional personnel to study the “Regulations”. The “Regulations” are the first relatively systematic and complete administrative regulation relating to publishing management since the founding of the country, and have determined basic principles and basic systems for the management of publishing, printing and distribution activities of books, newspapers, periodicals, audiovisual products and electronic publications, and have constituted a basic legal framework for a Socialist publishing management system with Chinese characteristics. It is necessary to make studying the “Regulations” into an important content for the nationwide press and publications “3rd Five Years” legal dissemination. The nationwide publishing system as well as all publishing work units’ professional personnel must ensure that nobody is without a copy if the “Regulations”, and achieve that the basic articles of the “Regulations” are known and mastered (the People’s Press has already published offprints). The Administration of Press and Publications will organize deliberation classes on the implementation of the “Regulations”, to train professional backbones. All levels’ management organs and leading comrades must take the lead and act as examples, especially in integrating reality, and earnestly research and study the “Regulations”, knowing and mastering the regulations well. It is necessary to further clarify that the implementation of the “Regulations” has an great importance and a promoting function in implementing the resolutions of the 6th Plenum of the 14th Party Congress, progressively establishing a Socialist publishing management system with Chinese characteristics, in deeply and lastingly launching the “Sweeping Pornography” and “Striking Illegality” struggles and implementing the requirements put forward by the Centre on “curing scattering and curing excess” in press and publication, etc. All levels’ management organs must renew concepts, transform functions, renew management methods and management ways through studying the “Regulations”, further clarify and rationalize management systems, stimulating administration according to the law, raising management levels, striving to complete the historical task of press and publications work.
II, Grasping the performance of complementary drafting and revision work of relevant regulations and rules. According to the “Regulations”, the Press and Publications Administration must formulate a number of complementary rules, implementation regulations, etc., and must revise or abolish many existing regulations according to the provisions of the “Regulations”. This work has a strong policy nature and is a heavy task, and it is necessary to integrate it with implementing administrative punishments, it is necessary to partly tidy up and partly revise existing regulations and normative documents. By 31 December of this year, where administrative punishments provided in existing regulations do not conflict with the “Regulations”, they will still have effect until the promulgation and implementation of new regulations. All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus must also integrate their local situation, and on the basis of the provisions of the regulations, put forward opinions on the relevant local rules or governmental regulations of their locality, and report it to the provincial, autonomous region or municipal People’s Government.
III, Establishing and completing work systems. The promulgation and implementation of the “Regulations” has put forward higher requirements on strengthening and improving publishing management work. All levels’ management organs must first and foremost further clarify intra-organ duty divisions according to the requirements of the “Regulations”, formulate scientific and rational work procedures and work methods, improve and perfect existing work systems, raise work effectiveness and work quality, improve and strengthen macro-level management and micro-level supervisions over publications undertakings. In order to perform publications management administrative punishment work, all localities must earnestly implement public hearing systems according to State regulations, investigate evidence collection and punishment decision separation systems, fining decision and fine collection separation systems, guaranteeing law enforcement quality.
IV, Strengthening publishing legal system work and team construction. The Press and Publications Administration will hold a nationwide press and publications legal system work conference this year, to focus on researching questions on strengthening the publishing legal system construction through implementing the “Regulations”, etc. All localities must realistically strengthen leadership over press and publications legal system work, earnestly research and concretely guide it. Through implementing the “Regulations”, making legislative work, law enforcement work, law enforcement supervision work and law dissemination work move up a step. It is necessary to adopt measures to strengthen the construction of those departments’ legal system work organs, and those not having specially established legal system work organs must also appoint departments to undertake legal system work duties. Please report the legal system work department the name of its responsible person before 10 March.
All levels’ management organs and work personnel are all to grasp certain duties such as examination and approval powers, registration powers, extending of permits and imposing administrative punishment, etc., according to the “Regulations”. In order to guarantee the exercise of functions and powers according to the law, Party-type education and legal system education for law enforcement personnel must be strengthened, and on-the-job training with content focusing on the “Regulations” must be conducted, law enforcement personnel qualification and certification management must be strengthened, management personnel’s political quality and professional quality must be raised, and a level of consciousness of handling matters according to the law must be strengthened.
All localities must, after receiving this Notice, integrate it with the real situation of their localities, and formulate concrete work plans for studying and implementing the “Regulations” in locality, and report them to the Press and Publications administration before 10 March. Please also timely report relevant important matters and questions in the process of implementing the “Regulations”.