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.