Notice Concerning Further Strengthening Social, Cultural and Life-Type Newspaper and Periodical Management

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(XCB No. (2002)719)

 

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus, general political and propaganda department press and publications bureau, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Press and Publications Bureau:

Social, cultural and life-type newspapers and periodicals have satisfied readers’ multi-level reading requirements, and expanded the newspaper and periodical market. At the same time, a number of problems has appeared with this sort of newspapers and periodicals, which are mainly reflected in: some newspapers and periodicals deviate from correct public opinion orientations, carry false reports, make a hubbub about “social hot points”, play up human interest stories with a vulgar style, etc., creating a harmful influence on society. In order to implement the Party’s propaganda work principles and policies, stimulate the healthy development of the newspaper and periodical sector, management over this sort of newspapers and periodicals must be further strengthened. Hereby, the relevant matters are notified as follows:

 

I, Persisting in the correct public opinion guidance. Social, cultural and life-type newspapers and periodicals are an important propaganda, ideology and culture battleground of the Party, bear a responsibility to propagate the Party line, principles and policies, and must persist in correct public opinion guidance. They must preserve a high consistency with the Party Centre, strictly observe the Party’s press and publications principles and propaganda discipline, and strictly implement State laws, regulations and rules relating to newspaper and periodical publishing.

 

II, Persisting in preventing false reporting. Social, cultural and life-type newspapers and periodicals carrying relatively many human interest stories, and on-the-spot contributions, when editing and releasing drafts, must strictly keep the gate of manuscript checking. When adopting news and on-the-spot contributions from reporters, the work units involved in the report must issue proof of “verified contribution”. When reprinting content from other newspapers and periodicals, the situation of the contributions’ source must be verified in detail with the originally publishing work unit or broadcast media, determining that there are no mistakes, and only then may it be published. When newspapers and periodicals carry false reports, regardless of what the grounds are, the responsibility of the newspaper or periodical publisher must be investigated.

 

III, Implementing appointment certification systems. Press and publications management departments must establish and complete newspaper and periodical appointment certification standards together with relevant departments, the editor-in-chief (main editor) must conform to the provided conditions for appointment, editors and journalists as well as advertising and distribution personnel without exception must undergo training and examination, to be appointed with certification. Relevant departments must conduct education concerning Marxist viewpoints to the personnel employed in newspaper and periodical publishers without interruption, and stimulate them to incessantly raise their political and ideological quality.

 

IV, Implementing leadership responsibility systems. The controlling department and sponsoring work unit of social, cultural and life-type newspaper and periodicals, shall, on the basis of the “Provisional Regulations Concerning the Responsibilities of Publishing Work Units’ Sponsoring Work Units and Controlling Work Units”, firmly establish a political consciousness, a sense of responsibility and a consciousness of the larger picture, realistically strengthen leadership and management over newspaper and periodical publishers, and take responsibility for the social effects of propaganda. They must determine special persons and special organs to be responsible for newspaper and periodical management work, and timely transmit the relevant spirit of higher levels, regularly hear the reports from newspaper and periodical publishers, and earnestly grasp the orientation of newspapers and periodicals. When problems emerge in the newspapers and periodicals they manage, the leadership of controlling authorities and sponsoring work units must bear their responsibilities.

 

V, Strictly implementing newspaper and periodical violating warning systems. Provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities where there are two or more newspapers and periodicals that are ordered to cease operations by the General Administration of Press and Publications within one year, may the next year not again approve more new newspapers and periodicals or accept newspaper and periodical matters such as name changes, etc. The registration of newspapers and periodicals gravely violating discipline and regulations will be cancelled.

 

VI, Continuing to adjust newspaper and periodical structures. All provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities must on the basis of the requirements of undertaking development and the real situation of the local newspaper and periodical market, continue to adjust structures and rationalize distribution. These social, culture and life-type newspapers and periodicals with a wrong orientation, vulgar style, low quality and small distribution numbers must be closed down.

 

VII, Strengthening manuscript evaluation work. All levels’ press and publications management departments must further establish and perfect manuscript examination work, organize manuscript examination organs and manuscript examination teams, and shape complete manuscript examination network systems. At present, they must take scientific theory, current affairs and politics, cultural life, literature and art, abstracts and other sorts of newspapers and periodicals as manuscript evaluation focus points. Strictly implementing major situation reporting systems, where not reporting or late reporting creates consequences, the responsibility of the relevant leaders must be investigated.

 

VIII, Further standardizing the newspaper and periodical market. All provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities must expand their investigation and prosecution strength concerning illegal publications, and at the same time conduct earnest clean up of their internal informative publications and printed advertising. For all internal  materials, they may without exception not be priced, and may not be sold on the market; all printed advertising must conform to the requirements of advertising law, and may not contain non-advertising information, and may not be published in newspaper or periodical form; without permission, newspapers and periodicals registered in Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan may without exception not solicit subscriptions or be sold on the mainland. Those violating the above provisions will be banned for illegal publications without exceptions.

 

On the basis of the present problems existing in newspaper and periodical publishing work, concentrated control and rectification will continue to be implemented concerning small newspapers and small periodicals, fundamentally resolving the problems of prominent violations of discipline and regulations in small newspapers and small periodicals. The law must be strictly enforced and a number of small newspapers and small periodicals that gravely violate discipline and regulations cancelled; it is necessary to strictly control the total quantity of newspapers and periodicals, and apart from science and technology periodicals, no newly-organized newspapers and periodicals will be examined and approved for the time being, and no organizing of social, cultural and life-type newspapers and periodicals will be approved without exception, and integrated with restructuring, a batch of newspapers and periodicals violating discipline and violating regulations with vulgar levels  will be removed or merged; the management responsibilities of controlling and sponsoring work units towards their subordinate newspapers and periodicals must be further strengthened. Through concentration, control and rectification of small newspapers and small periodicals, giving the larger newspaper and periodical work picture a large change of appearance.

关于进一步加强社会文化生活类报刊管理的通知

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:

社会文化生活类报刊满足了读者多层次的阅读需求,拓宽了报刊市场。与此同时,这类报刊也出现了一些问题,主要表现为:有的报刊偏离正确舆论导向、刊载虚假报道、炒作“社会热点”、渲染格调低下的社会新闻等,在社会上造成不良影响。为贯彻落实党的宣传工作方针政策,促进报刊业健康发展,必须进一步加强对这类报刊的管理。现将有关事项通知如下:

一、坚持正确的舆论导向。社会文化生活类报刊是党的重要宣传思想文化阵地,担负着宣传党的路线、方针、政策的任务,必须坚持正确的舆论导向。必须与党中央保持高度一致,严格遵守党的新闻出版方针和宣传纪律,严格执行国家对报刊出版的有关法规、规章。

二、坚决制止虚假报道。社会文化生活类报刊登载社会新闻、纪实类稿件较多,在编发稿件时,必须按审稿制度严格把关。采用通讯员所写的新闻、纪实类稿件,要由报道涉及单位出具“稿件属实”的证明。转载其他报刊和出版物内容,必须向原刊发的出版单位或传播媒体详尽核实稿件来源情况,确定无误,方可刊发。报刊登载虚假报道,无论何种原因,都要追究报刊社责任。

三、实行持证上岗制度。新闻出版管理部门要会同有关部门建立健全报刊岗位规范,总编辑(主编)须符合规定的任职条件,编辑、记者以及广告、发行人员一律要经过培训、考试,持证上岗。有关部门要不间断地对报刊社从业人员进行马克思主义新闻观的教育,促进其政治思想素质不断提高。

四、落实领导责任制。社会文化生活类报刊的主管部门和主办单位,应根据《关于出版单位的主办单位和主管单位职责的暂行规定》牢固树立政治意识、责任意识、大局意识,切实加强对报刊社的领导和管理,对宣传的社会效果负责。要确定专人和专门机构负责报刊管理工作,及时传达上级的有关精神,定期听取报刊社汇报,认真把握报刊导向。所管报刊出现重大问题,主管部门和主办单位领导须承担责任。

五、严格执行违规报刊警告制度。一年内出现两个以上被新闻出版总署责令停办报刊的省、自治区、直辖市,下一年度不再批准增加新的报刊和受理报刊更名等事项。对严重违纪违规报刊予以撤消登记。

六、继续调整报刊结构。各省、自治区、直辖市要根据事业发展需要和当地报刊市场的实际情况,继续调整结构,合理布局。对那些导向错误和格调低下、质量不高、发行量不大的社会文化生活类报刊,要予以停办。

七、加强审读工作。各级新闻出版管理部门要进一步建立和完善审读制度,组建审读机构和审读队伍,形成健全的审读网络系统。当前,要把学术理论、时事政治、文化生活、文学艺术、文摘等类报刊作为审读重点。严格执行重大情况报告制度,不报或迟报造成后果的,要追究有关领导责任。

八、进一步规范报刊市场。各省、自治区、直辖市要对非法出版物加大查处力度,同时对内部资料性出版物和印刷品广告进行认真清理。凡内部资料,一律不得定价、不得在市场上销售;凡印刷品广告,必须符合广告法规要求,不得有非广告信息,不得以报型、刊型出版;未经批准,在港、澳、台登记的报刊,一律不得在大陆征订或销售。违反上述规定的,一律按非法出版物予以取缔。

根据当前报刊出版工作中存在的问题,将继续对小报小刊进行集中治理整顿,从根本上解决小报小刊违纪违规突出的问题。要严格执法,撤销一些严重违纪违规的小报小刊;要严格控制报刊总量,除科技期刊外,暂不审批新办报刊,一律不批办社会文化生活类报刊,并结合结构调整,撤并一批违纪违规、低水平重复的报刊;要进一步强化主管主办单位对所办报刊的管理职责。通过对小报小刊的集中治理整顿,使报刊出版工作的局面有一个大的改观。

 

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