Notice concerning Firmly Curbing the Issuing and Publication of Articles and Books with Errors in Political Views
XCB No. (2000)1228
All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Press and Publication Bureaus, all Centre and State Council ministries and commissions and all democratic parties, the main departments of the people’s organization publishing houses, the Liberation Army General Political Department Propaganda Department, book and periodical publishing work units in Beijing:
In the recent period, small numbers of periodicals and publishers, because they lack political acuteness and a sense of responsibility in their work, ignored the rules, did not strictly keep the gate, and issued or published a number of articles and books with erroneous viewpoints violating the Four Cardinal Principles, violating the policy of reform and opening up, and violating the principles and policies of the Party. Some advocated pluralization of the guiding ideology, and denied the guiding position of Marxism; some played up Western democracy and freedom, and denied the Party’s leadership and the Socialist system; some played up historical nihilism, and distorted the history of struggle of the Party and the people; some held doubtful and negative attitudes concerning reform and opening up, etc. Concerning these erroneous ideological and political viewpoints, a laissez-faire attitude may absolutely not be taken, and effective measures must be adopted to realistically strengthen management. In order to guarantee the correct orientation of publishing work, stimulate the flourishing and healthy development of our country’s Socialist publishing undertaking, hereby, the relevant matters are notified as follows:
I, All levels’ publishing management departments and all publishing work units must earnestly study and comprehend Secretary-General Jiang Zemin’s important thoughts concerning the “Three Represents” and his important speech at the Central Ideological and Political Work Conference, fully understand the important responsibility of publishing work in constructing the two civilizations, further strengthen a sense of politics, a sense of the larger picture, a sense of responsibility and a sense of the battlefield, consciously safeguard and consolidate the guiding position of Marxism, and must show their colours clearly in issues of basic principles regarding the political orientation, have a firm standpoint, letting it truly become a battlefield with propagating scientific theory, disseminating advanced culture, moulding fine spirits and carrying forward correct social atmospheres.
II, Looking from the situation of publications investigated and prosecuted in the recent few years, an extremely small number of a few people incessantly disseminate viewpoints that are politically completely erroneous in their articles and writings. Against this, all publishing work units must attract high attention, and must strictly keep the gate against issuing and publishing the works of these people, they can absolutely not provide dissemination channels for erroneous viewpoints violating the Four Cardinal Principles, violating the policy of reform and opening up, and violating the Party’s principles and policies.
III, Looking from the problems that have already been discovered, not a few books with political errors are organized and planned by some offices, cultural companies and other non-publishing work units, some publishing work units sell book numbers in violation of regulations, enabling the publishing of these books. From now on, all publishing work units, without exception, may not sell book numbers for book publication, and it is strictly prohibited to engage in the act of book number trading in violation of regulations and in violation of the law under the name of cooperation.
IV, All levels’ administrative publishing management departments and publishing work units’ sponsoring and controlling departments must realistically strengthen management, supervision and inspection over their subordinate publishing work units, and strictly execute publishing discipline, achieving their responsibility to protect their territory. From now on, administrative publishing management departments are to strictly punish work units issuing and publishing articles and works with erroneous political viewpoints in violation of management regulations according to the “Publishing Management Regulations” and relevant regulations, and submit matters to the relevant department to impose the corresponding Party discipline and government discipline punishment to the publishing work unit’s responsible person and relevant responsible persons.