Notice concerning Printing and Issuing the “Opinions concerning Further Improving News Reporting on Meetings and Leading Comrades’ Activities”
The “Opinions concerning Further Improving News Reporting on Meetings and Leading Comrades’ Activities” have been agreed to by the Centre, are hereby printed and issued to you, please strictly obey and implement them.
Doing news reporting work on meetings and leading comrades’ activities well has an important significance in propagating the Party’s theoretical line, principles and policies, disseminating the voice of the Party and the State to thousands and thousands of households and all places in the world, reflecting the deeds of all levels’ Party and State cadres in governing for the people and persisting in the correct public opinion orientation. For a long time, newspapers, news agencies, radio, television and other news media have given high regard to news reporting about meetings and leading comrades’ activities, and incessantly improved this in practice, in general, the effect is good. But, the problem that excessive and overly long news reporting on meetings and leading cadres’ activities influences propaganda effects is still relatively prominent, and cadres and masses have relatively many opinions on this.
The Centre require to make further improving news reporting work on meetings and leading comrades’ activities into an important matter for grasping in completely implementing the spirit of the 16th Party Congress and the important “Three Represents” thought, improving ideological styles, work styles and leadership styles, and closely linking the Party with the popular masses. We must, according to the principles of persisting in the correct public opinion orientation, starting form work needs, paying attention to news value and social value, and simplifying work, adopt concrete and feasible measures to realistically improve matters. Centre and State organs must take the lead, all levels’ leading organs and leading cadres must strictly discipline themselves, consciously support news media in improving reporting work, ensure that news reporting sticks close to reality, sticks close to life and sticks close to the masses even better, serves the people, serves Socialism and serves the larger picture of Party and State work even better.
Opinions concerning Further Improving News Reporting on Meetings and Leading Comrades’ Activities
In order to completely implement the spirit of the 16th Party Congress and the important “Three Represents” thought, stimulate and drive comrades in the entire Party and especially all levels’ leading cadres to further improve their ideological style, work style and leadership style, and to comply with the relevant spirit concerning strengthening the self-construction of the Politburo according to the 1st Plenum of the 16th Party Congress, according to the principles of starting from work needs, paying attention to news value and social effect, ensuring that news reporting sticks close to reality, sticks close to life and sticks close to the masses even better, serve the people, serve Socialism and serve the demands of the larger picture of Party and State work, hereby, the following opinions on further improving news reporting on meeting and leading comrades’ activities are reiterated and put forward.
I, Concerning improving news reporting on meetings
For meetings organized by the Party or State, or with Centre approval, that have a major significance for the overall picture, according to the news reporting plan approved by the Centre, Xinhua is authorized to publish uniform information, the main central news media (People’s Daily, Xinhua, Guangming Daily, Economic Daily, China National Radio, China Central Television, similar hereafter) conduct accurate, timely and full reporting.
Where Politburo meetings, Politburo Standing Committee meetings, plenary State Council meetings and executive meetings, and Central Military Commission meetings may be reported, Xinhua will wire copy. For the regular meetings of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the main central news media conduct reporting according to the reporting arrangement for the meeting. For other meetings convened by the Party Centre, National People’s Congress Standing Committee, State Council, CPPCC Standing Committee, and Central Military Commission, main central news media conduct one-off reporting.
For meetings chaired by central leading comrades and convened by all departments of Centre and State organs, main central news media generally do not conduct reporting, where they need to be reported, the Central Committee Secretariat notifies news media. For meetings convened by all departments of Centre and State organs, main central news media generally do not report them, where they need to be reported, the Central Committee Secretariat or State Council Secretariat will notify news media.
For national representative meetings or annual national committee meetings of democratic parties, the National Association of Industry and Commerce, the Communist Youth League, the Women’s Federation and other people’s organizations, the main central news media conduct reporting; for other important media, the main central news media may decide autonomously wither or not to report it on the basis of the nature of the meeting and the news value.
II, Concerning news reporting of leading comrades’ activities
Where main central leading comrades (The CCP Central Committee General Secretary, the State President, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee President, the State Premier, the CPPCC Chair, the Central Military Commission Chair, Politburo Standing Committee members, similar hereafter) go to the grass roots for inspection, investigation, research or to chair important missions, reporting will be organized by main central news meetings according to the respective arrangements of the Central Committee Secretariat, the NPC Standing Committee Secretariat, the State Council Secretariat, the CPPCC Secretariat and the CMC Secretariat, in principle, the name list of accompanying ministry, commission or local leading comrades is not reported. Where other central leading comrades go to the grass roots for inspection work, investigation, research or to chair meetings, and it must be openly reported, main central news media will issue brief synthesised information, and may also only report it in local media.
Where central leading comrades’ speeches must be openly published, the Central Committee will make arrangements, Xinhua will wire copy, or appoint relevant newspapers and periodicals to publish it. Where central leading comrades make inscriptions, forewords, write letters of congratulations, send congratulatory telegrams, participate in exhibitions, watch performances or attend other cultural or artistic activities, provide instructions or directives to departments or localities, attend award, ribbon-cutting, foundation-laying, premiere or opening ceremonies organized by departments and localities, and interviews, photo calls, get-togethers, commemorative services, friendship gatherings, seminars and other such activities, no open reporting is conducted generally. Where it needs to be reported, the Central Committee Secretariat notifies news media.
III, Concerning improving news reporting on leading comrades’ foreign affairs activities
For main central leading comrades’ foreign affairs the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Central Liaison Department, NPC Standing Committee Secretariat, CPPCC Secretariat, CMC Secretariat and other departments provide news copy, Xinhua wires copy, and main central news media are to use their discretion in arranging newspaper coverage and television slots; for other foreign affairs activities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Central Liaison Department and other relevant departments introduce the situation to journalists, main central news media report autonomously, the specifications are not to exceed reporting on important foreign affairs activities; a name list of the entourage for foreign visit activities is generally only reported when departing from or returning to Beijing.
Where many main central leading comrades separately meet with the same foreign head of state, head of government, head of parliament or party leader on the same day, one comprehensive piece of information is issued, newspapers may reflect reporting specifications through information titles or allocation of photos. Where the same central leading comrade meets with many foreign guests on the same day, one comprehensive piece of information is issued.
Reports of main central leading comrades’ meetings with foreign ministers, members of parliament, responsible persons or parties or organizations, businesspeople and other personalities must be strictly controlled, in principle, the foreign propaganda media and China Central Television’s international channel, as well as related media, conduct reporting. Where it is required that main central news media and China Central Television report matters in Xinwen Lianbo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Central Liaison Department, the NPC Standing Committee Secretariat, the CPPCC Secretariat, the CMC Secretariat and other departments provide news copy and make concise broadcasts. Where it is required to report that congratulatory telegrams, congratulatory letters, etc., are sent to foreign governments, parties and organizations, the Ministry of Foreign affairs, the Central Liaison Department and other relevant departments notify news media.
For foreign affairs activities of other central leading comrades, the People’s Daily and Xinhua make brief reports or issue foreign affairs briefs. Reports on the foreign affairs activities of central leading comrades in charge of foreign affairs work are treated differently.
Where provincial-level responsible comrades are entrusted by the Centre to lead CCP delegations or government delegations on visits abroad, the People’s Daily and Xinhua file brief information. The foreign affairs activities of the main responsible comrades of all departments of Centre and State organs are generally not reported. The foreign affairs activities of the Minister of Foreign Affairs are treated differently.
Where the foreign affairs activities of the abovementioned leading comrades, have news value, news media may autonomously report them overseas and on our news web site.
IV, Concerning improving newsgathering, editing and dissemination of news reports.
Apart from meetings organized by the Party or State or convened with Centre approval, that have a major significance for the larger picture, meeting reports shall not make whether or not central leading cadres attended into the sole standard for specifying whether or not to report it, they shall not completely reply on the sequence of position to arrange newspaper coverage or television slots.
When reporting the activities of leading central comrades, we must strive to raise quality, focus on news value, strive to be correct, distinctive and vivid, report more substantive content that has a guiding significance for work, or for resolving difficulties in the masses’ production or life and matters that the masses care about at the grass roots, reduce simple reporting on their whereabouts, and strictly avoid vague commonplaces and generalities. Foreign affairs reporting must also stress real propaganda effects, and give prominence to substantive content. We must strive to raise the effectiveness of reporting, it is permitted that news work units examine and approve contributions by themselves, news media must report autonomously as much as possible. Foreign reports and Internet reports must fully consider the characteristics of overseas audiences and the network, strengthen focus, readability and effectiveness.
Disseminating the voice of the Party and the State is an important task of news media and especially of main central news media. At the same time as reducing news reporting on meetings and central leaders’ activities, they must fully utilize all sorts of news media to forcefully propagate the Party’s theoretical line, principles and policies, vividly display the advanced deeds and important achievements of all levels’ Party and State leading cadres in implementing the important “Three Represents” thought, and persisting in governing for the people.
V, Concerning improving news reporting on local leading comrades attending meetings and activities
News reporting on local leading comrades attending meetings and activities must be grasped with reference to the principles determined in these Opinions. At the same time, attention must be paid to the fact that central leading comrades bear responsibility for State affairs, the various localities shall not simply compare with this in reporting specifications. The news reporting of local media must stick even more closely to reality, to life and to the masses, reflect more of the vivid practice and fresh experience of grass roots cadres, and provide more healthy and beneficial news information for the popular masses’ work, study and life.
The Central Propaganda Department must formulate concrete implementation rules according to these Opinions.