Opinions concerning Further Improving News Reporting on Meetings and Leading Comrades’ Activities

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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.

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做好会议和领导同志活动的新闻报道工作,对于宣传党的理论路线方针政策,把党和国家的声音传播到千家万户和世界各地,反映党和国家各级领导干部执政为民的事迹,坚持正确的舆论导向,具有重要意义。长期以来,报纸、通讯社、广播、电视等新闻媒体高度重视会议和领导同志活动的新闻报道,在实践中不断加以改进,总的效果是好的。但是,会议和领导同志活动的新闻报道过多过长影响宣传效果的问题比较突出,干部群众意见较多。

中央要求,把进一步改进会议和领导同志活动的新闻报道工作,作为全面贯彻党的十六大精神和“三个代表”重要思想,改进思想作风、工作作风和领导作风,密切党同人民群众联系的一件大事来抓。要按照坚持正确舆论导向、从工作需要出发、注重新闻价值和社会效果、精简务实的原则,采取具体可行的措施,切实加以改进。中央和国家机关要带头,各级领导机关和领导干部要严格自律,自觉支持新闻媒体改进报道工作,使新闻报道更好地贴近实际、贴近生活、贴近群众,更好地为人民服务、为社会主义服务、为党和国家工作大局服务。

关于进一步改进会议和领导同志活动新闻报道的意见

为全面贯彻党的十六大精神和“三个代表”重要思想,促进和带动全党同志特别是各级领导干部进一步改进思想作风、工作作风和领导作风,遵照十六届中央政治局第一次全体会议关于加强中央政治局自身建设的有关精神,按照从工作需要出发,注重新闻价值和社会效果,使新闻报道更好地贴近实际、贴近生活、贴近群众,更好地为人民服务、为社会主义服务、为党和国家工作大局服务的要求,现就进一步改进会议和领导同志活动的新闻报道,重申并提出如下意见。

一、关于改进会议新闻报道

党和国家举行的或经中央批准召开的具有全局性重大意义的会议,按照中央批准的新闻报道方案,授权新华社统一发布消息,由中央主要新闻媒体(人民日报、新华社、光明日报、经济日报、中央人民广播电台、中央电视台,下同)进行准确、及时、充分的报道。

中央政治局会议、中央政治局常务委员会会议、国务院全体会议和常务会议、中央军委会议,可以公开报道的,由新华社发通稿。全国人大常委会和全国政协常委会的例会,由中央主要新闻媒体按照会议的报道安排进行报道。党中央、全国人大常委会、国务院、全国政协常委会、中央军委召开的其他会议,需要报道的,由中央主要新闻媒体作一次性报道。

中央领导同志出席中央和国家机关各部门召开的会议,中央主要新闻媒体一般不作报道,确需报道的,由中央办公厅通知新闻媒体。中央和国家机关各部门召开的会议,中央主要新闻媒体一般不作报道,确需报道的,由中央办公厅、国务院办公厅通知新闻媒体。

各民主党派、全国工商联和工会、共青团、妇联等人民团体的全国代表大会和一年一度的全委会议,由中央主要新闻媒体报道;其他重要会议,中央主要新闻媒体可根据会议性质和新闻价值自主决定是否报道。

二、关于改进领导同志活动的新闻报道

中央主要领导同志(中共中央总书记、国家主席、全国人大常委会委员长、国务院总理、全国政协主席、中央军委主席、中央政治局常委,下同)到基层考察工作、调查研究和出席重要活动,分别按照中央办公厅、全国人大常委会办公厅、国务院办公厅、全国政协办公厅和中央军委办公厅的安排,由中央主要新闻媒体组织报道,原则上不对随行和陪同的部委、地方领导同志列名报道。中央其他领导同志到基层考察工作、调查研究和出席重要活动,需要公开报道的,由中央主要新闻媒体发简短的综合消息,也可只在当地媒体上报道。

中央领导同志的讲话,需要公开发表的,由中央办公厅作出安排,新华社发通稿,或指定有关报刊发表。中央领导同志题词、作序、写贺信、发贺电,参观展览、观看演出和出席其他文艺活动,给部门、地方的指示、批示,出席部门和地方举办的颁奖、剪彩、奠基、首发、首映等仪式和接见、照相、联欢、探望、纪念会、联谊会、研讨会等活动,一般不作公开报道。确需报道的,由中央办公厅通知新闻媒体。

三、关于改进领导同志外事活动的新闻报道

中央主要领导同志的重要外事活动,由外交部、中央联络部、全国人大常委会办公厅、全国政协办公厅、中央军委办公厅等部门提供新闻稿,新华社发通稿,中央主要新闻媒体酌情安排报纸版面和电视时段;其他外事活动,由外交部、中央联络部等有关部门向记者介绍情况,由中央主要新闻媒体自主报道,规格不超过重要外事活动的报道;出访活动中的陪同人员名单一般只在离、抵京时报道。

多位中央主要领导同志同日分别会见同一位外国元首、政府首脑、议会议长或政党领袖,发一条综合消息,报纸可通过消息标题或配发照片等形式体现报道规格。同一位中央主要领导同志同日会见多批外宾,发一条综合消息。

中央主要领导同志会见外国政府部长、议会议员、政党和团体负责人、企业家以及其他人士的报道,要从严掌握,原则上由外宣媒体和中央电视台的国际频道以及相关媒体进行报道。需要中央主要新闻媒体和中央电视台在新闻联播节目中报道的,由外交部、中央联络部、全国人大常委会办公厅、全国政协办公厅、中央军委办公厅等部门提供新闻稿,作简要播报。向外国政府、政党和团体发的贺电、贺信等,需要报道的,由外交部、中央联络部等有关部门通知新闻媒体。

中央其他领导同志的外事活动,由人民日报、新华社作简要报道或发外事简讯。主管外事工作的中央领导同志外事活动报道区别对待。

省部级负责同志受中央委托,率领中共代表团或政府代表团出访,由人民日报、新华社发简短消息。中央和国家机关各部委主要负责同志的外事活动,一般不报道。外交部部长的外事活动报道区别对待。

上述领导同志的外事活动,如有新闻价值,均可由新闻媒体对海外和在我新闻网站上自主报道。

四、关于改进新闻报道的采编播发

除党和国家举行的或经中央批准召开的具有全局性重大意义的会议外,会议报道不应把中央领导同志是否出席作为报道与否和报道规格的唯一标准,不应完全依照职务排序安排报纸版面和电视时段。

报道中央领导同志的活动,要努力提高质量,注重新闻价值,力求准确、鲜明、生动,多报道对工作有指导意义、到基层为群众解决生产生活困难和群众关心的实质性内容,减少单纯行踪性的报道,力戒空泛和一般化。外事活动报道也要讲求实际宣传效果,突出实质性内容。要努力提高报道时效,可由新闻单位自行审定的稿件,尽量由新闻媒体自主报道。对外报道和互联网上的报道要充分考虑海外受众和网络特点,增强针对性、可读性、时效性。

传播党和国家的声音是新闻媒体特别是中央主要新闻媒体的重要任务。在精简会议和领导同志活动新闻报道的同时,要充分运用各种新闻体裁大力宣传党的理论路线方针政策,生动展现党和国家各级领导干部贯彻“三个代表”重要思想、坚持执政为民的先进事迹和重要业绩。

五、关于改进地方领导同志出席会议和活动的新闻报道

地方领导同志出席会议和活动的新闻报道,要参照本意见确定的原则掌握。同时要注意到,中央领导同志担负着国务活动任务,各地不应在报道规格上简单比照。地方媒体的新闻报道更要贴近实际、贴近生活、贴近群众,多反映基层干部群众的生动实践和新鲜经验,多为人民群众的工作、学习、生活提供健康有益的新闻信息。

中央宣传部要根据本意见,制定具体实施办法。

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