Notice concerning Strengthening Management over the Use of Internet Information in Publications

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All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus, Centre and State organ newspaper and periodical management departments, and the Liberation Army General Political Department Propaganda Department Press and Publications Bureau:

Following the rapid development of network technology, the Internet has become an important channel for the dissemination of information, and has had a broad and profound influence on publishing and media. The situation that newspapers, periodicals, books, audiovisual products and electronic publications use Internet information grows daily, and publications departments may increasing attention to it. On the other hand, in the process of using Internet information, not a few problems have emerged in publications as well, for example: some publications have published false online information without verifying it; some cannot strictly and earnestly examine matters and keep the gates, grave political errors have emerged; some content is vulgar in style, harmful to the physical and mental health of minors, etc. These situations directly influence the quality of newspapers, periodicals, books and other such publications, and create a harmful social influence. In order to strengthen and standardize management over the use of Internet information by publishing work units, and ensure their healthy development, on the basis of the relevant provisions of the “Publishing Management Regulations”, hereby, the following matters are notified as follows:

I, All kinds of publications using Internet information’s in the publication process must persist in the Socialist publishing orientation, guarantee the correct political orientation and respect relevant State laws and regulations, the Internet information they use may not contain content prohibited by laws and regulations. The use of Internet information in publishing content involving major State principles and policies as well as ethnic, religious, military, foreign affairs, secret-keeping and other such aspects, shall strictly abide by relevant regulations, where it is not possible to grasp matters firmly, the opinion of relevant departments must be sought. When publications use Internet information, they shall abide by and persist in the principle of putting social effect first, they may not use sexual, violent, feudal superstition or vulgar information and content. Where publishing work units’ publications use Internet information that violates laws and regulations, they must bear all legal responsibility and administrative responsibility that this engenders

II, Publications that use Internet news reports or on-the-spot reporting works shall persist in the principle of accuracy, and must establish contact with the original manuscript-issuing work unit to earnestly verify matters before despatching manuscripts. Where publications’ use of Internet information results in content inaccuracy, they shall timely and openly correct this, and adopt effective measures to remove the influence. Newspapers and periodicals may not reprint unverified Internet news information.

III, Where newspapers and periodicals use Internet information, they must clearly indicate that it is downloaded, and clearly note the URL of the downloaded document, the time of download, etc.; where books, audiovisual products and electronic publications use Internet information, they must append a list of downloaded information, the URL of the downloaded document, the time of download and other matters.

IV, Where publications use Internet information that falls into the scope provided in the “Filing Laws for Major Selected Subjects in Books, Periodicals, Audiovisual Products and Electronic Publications”, special subject filing procedures must be  must be conducted according to regulations, without filing, no publication may be made.

V, Where publications use works containing Internet information, they shall abide by the relevant provisions of copyright laws, regulations and the “Supreme People’s Court Interpretations concerning Some Questions of Applicable Law when Hearing Copyright Dispute Cases Involving Computer Networks”.

VI, The higher-level controlling departments and sponsoring work units of publishing work units must strengthen supervision and inspection of the internet information used in publications of their subordinate publishing work units, earnestly implement their management responsibility, and must strictly keep the gate of content involving major incidents in the use of Internet information. Where grave consequences result from neglect of duties, apart from the fact that the responsible persons of the publishing work units and the persons directly in charge must be subject to Party disciplinary and government disciplinary punishment, it is also necessary to investigate the responsibility of the leaders of their controlling and sponsoring work units.

VII, Publishing work units as referred to in this Notice means the scope determined in Article 8 of the “Publishing Management Regulations”, including newspaper publishers, periodical publishers, book publishers, audiovisual publishers and electronic publishers, etc.

VIII, All publishing work units that violate the provisions of this Notice are subject to administrative punishment by the administrative press and publications management organs, in view of the gravity of the circumstances and according to relevant regulations. At the same time, they may also suggest that their controlling department and sponsoring work unit impose corresponding administrative punishment on the relevant responsible persons.

General Administration of Press and Publications

新闻出版总署关于对出版物使用互联网信息加强管理的通知

新出报刊(2001)1107号
随着网络技术的快速发展,互联网已经成为信息传播的一个重要渠道,对出版传媒产生着广泛而深刻的影响。报纸、期刊、图书、音像制品和电子出版物使用互联网信息的情况日益增多,越来越受到出版单位的重视。另一方面,出版物在使用互联网信息的过程中,也出现了不少问题,诸如:有些出版物未经核实转载网上虚假新闻;有的不能严格认真地审核把关,出现了严重政治错误;有的内容格调低下,有害青少年的身心健康等。这些情况,直接影响了报刊、图书等出版物的质量,造成不好的社会影响。为了加强和规范对出版单位使用互联网信息的管理,使之健康发展,根据《出版管理条例》的有关规定,现将有关事项通知如下:

一、各类出版物在出版过程中使用互联网信息,必须坚持社会主义出版方针,保证正确的政治方向,遵守国家的相关法律、法规,所使用的互联网信息不得含有法律、法规禁止的内容。使用互联网信息出版涉及国家重大方针、政策以及民族、宗教、军事、外交、保密等方面的内容,应严格遵守有关规定,把握不准的要征询有关部门的意见。出版物在使用互联网信息时,应遵循和坚持社会效益第一的原则,不得使用色情暴力、封建迷信、格调低下的信息内容。出版单位的出版物使用违法违规的互联网信息,必须承担由此产生的一切法律责任和行政责任。

二、出版物使用互联网上的新闻报道或纪实作品,应坚持真实性原则,发稿前要与原发稿单位取得联系,认真核实。出版物使用互联网信息造成内容失实的,应及时公开更正,并采取有效措施消除影响。报刊不得转载互联网上未经核实的新闻信息。

三、报纸、期刊使用互联网信息,必须有明显的下载标识,并注明下载文件网址,下载日期等;图书、音像制品、电子出版物使用互联网信息,必须附有下载信息的目录,下载文件网址,下载日期和其他事项。

四、出版物使用互联网信息,属于《图书、期刊、音像制品、电子出版物重大选题备案办法》规定范围的,必须依照规定履行选题备案手续,未经备案不得出版。

五、出版物使用互联网信息中的作品,应遵守著作权法律、法规和《最高人民法院关于审理涉及计算机网络著作权纠纷案件适用法律若干法律问题的解释》中的有关规定。

六、出版单位的上级主管部门和主办单位,对所属出版单位的出版物使用互联网信息的情况,要加强监督检查,认真履行管理职责,对使用互联网信息当中涉及到重要事件的内容,要严格把关。因失职而产生严重后果的,除出版单位负责人和直接责任人要给予党纪政纪处分外,还要追究其主管主办单位的领导责任。

七、本通知所指的出版单位是指《出版管理条例》第八条所列范围,包括报社、期刊社、图书出版社、音像出版社和电子出版社等。

八、出版单位凡违反本通知规定的,由新闻出版行政管理机关视情节轻重,按照有关规定给予行政处罚。同时,还可建议其主管部门和主办单位对有关责任人给予相应的行政处分。

新闻出版总署

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    January 4, 2014 at 10:02 am

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