Some Opinions concerning Cross-Regional Operation in the Press and Publications Sector

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3 June 2002

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus, General Political and Propaganda Department Press and Publications Bureau, Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Press and Publications Bureau:

 

The “CCP Central Propaganda Department, State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and General Administration of Press and Publications Some Opinions Concerning Deepening Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television Sector Reform” transmitted by the Central Committee Secretariat and the State Council Secretariat clearly put forward: “Encouraging publishing groups, distribution groups and film groups to operate across regions, selecting Central and a number of provincial-level newspaper sector groups and radio and television groups to operate across regions. Cross-regional operation must be approved, and mainly adopt methods such as merger and reorganization, joint operation, etc., stress internal development and prevent duplicate construction.” Encouraging publishing groups, distribution groups and a number of selected central and provincial-level newspaper groups to operate across regions, benefits the effective exploitation of publishing resources, benefits breaking regional barriers, and it is necessary to vigorously move this forward in an organized, planned and gradual manner. Hereby, provisions concerning questions relating to cross-regional operation are notified as follows:

I, Encouraging publishing groups, newspaper and periodical groups, audiovisual and electronic publishing groups, and intensively developing famous publishers, large publishers and distribution groups to conduct cross-regional operations, central and provincial-level newspaper sector groups meeting conditions, may conduct cross-regional operations with approval.

 

II, Cross-regional operation at present is to be mainly conducted through the methods of mergers and reorganization, or joint operation. Implementing mergers and reorganization or joint operations, between publishing groups, newspaper and periodical groups, audiovisual and electronic publishing groups, and intensively developing famous publishers, large publishers and distribution groups, or trial work units conducting joint operations, must report to the General Administration of Press and Publications for approval, after the provincial-level press and publications bureau of the locality of the group agrees together with the provincial-level press and publications bureau of the cooperating side.

 

III, Publishing groups, periodical groups, audiovisual and electronic publishing groups and intensively developing famous publishers and large publishers that truly require the establishment of branch organs, will be examined and verified by the provincial-level press and publications bureau of the locality of the group and reported to the Central Propaganda Department and the General Administration for Press and Publications for approval. Those already established must conduct supplementary approval formalities.

 

IV, Cross-regionally-established branch organs, must accept the localized management of the press and publications management department of their locality. Controlling and sponsoring work units must realistically bear the management responsibility over the publishing content and operation orientation of their subordinate enterprise and undertaking work units.

 

V, Concerning cross-regional operation activities conducted with approval, all levels’ press and publications management departments must provide good service, vigorously provide support and may not erect regional barriers in any way, and may not abuse their administrative powers to limit the operations’ entry and operations in markets in that locality.

 

VI, Where all levels’ press and publishing management departments violate the provisions of Article V and limit approved cross-regional operations, they will be ordered to rectify by the higher-level organ; where circumstances are grave, the directly responsible personnel will be subject to administrative punishment by the same level’s or higher level’s organs. Those violating the “Anti-Unfair Competition Law of the People’s Republic of China”, bear corresponding legal responsibility on the basis of the provisions of that Law.

关于新闻出版业跨地区经营的若干意见

各省、自治区、直辖市新闻出版局,总政宣传部新闻出版局,新疆生产建设兵团新闻出版局:
中共中央办公厅、国务院办公厅转发的《中央宣传部、国家广电总局、新闻出版总署关于深化新闻出版广播影视业改革的若干意见》中明确提出:“鼓励出版集团、发行集团、电影集团跨地区经营,选择中央和一些省级报业集团、广电集团跨地区经营。跨地区经营须经批准,主要采取兼并重组、合作联营等形式,着重内涵发展,防止重复建设。”鼓励出版集团、发行集团和选择一些中央与省级报业集团跨地区经营,有利于对出版资源进行有效开发,有利于打破地区封锁,要有组织、有计划、有步骤地积极推进。现特就跨地区经营的有关问题规定如下:
一、鼓励出版集团、期刊集团、音像电子出版集团、内涵式发展的名社、大社和发行集团实行跨地区经营,有条件的中央和省级报业集团,经批准可实行跨地区经营。
二、跨地区经营目前主要通过兼并重组、合作联营的方式进行。出版集团、期刊集团、音像电子出版集团、内涵式发展的名社、大社和发行集团间实行兼并重组、合作联营,或与试点单位进行合作联营,由集团所在地省级新闻出版局会同合作方省级新闻出版局同意后,报新闻出版总署批准。
三、出版集团、期刊集团、音像电子出版集团和内涵式发展的名社、大社,确有需要成立分支机构,由集团所在地省级新闻出版局审核并报中央宣传部和新闻出版总署批准。已成立的要补办批准手续。
四、跨地区设立的分支机构,须接受所在地新闻出版管理部门的属地管理。主管、主办单位要切实承担对所属企事业单位出版内容和经营方向的管理职责。
五、对经批准进行的跨地区经营活动,各级新闻出版管理部门要提供良好的服务,积极予以支持,不得以任何形式进行地区封锁,不得滥用行政权力,限制其进入本地市场经营。
六、各级新闻出版管理部门违反第五条规定,限制经批准跨地区经营的,由上级机关责令其改正;情节严重的,由同级或上级机关对直接责任人员给予行政处分。违反《中华人民共和国反不正当竞争法》的,依据该法规定承担相应的法律责任。

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