Opinion concerning Further Strengthening and Improving Public Opinion Supervision Work

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24 March 2005

 

In order to fully give rein to the vigorous function of new media public opinion supervision in unifying thoughts and concentrating forces, stimulating reform and development, and safeguarding social stability, the following opinions concerning further strengthening and improving public opinion supervision work are put forward:

 

I, Giving high regard to the important function of public opinion supervision work. Public opinion supervision is a requirement for social development, a responsibility for news work, an aspiration of the popular masses and a means for the Party and government to improve work. Correctly developing public opinion supervision benefits the development of Socialist democracy, completing a Socialist legal system; benefits the reflection of the popular masses’ opinions and voices, make contact of the Party and government with the popular masses closer; benefits strengthening the construction of a honest and clean Party governance style and safeguarding the good image of Party and government;  benefits carrying forward of righteousness, remonstrating present-day problems, raise morale and dissolve contradictions, safeguarding social stability. All levels’ Party Committees, governments and relevant departments must, from the height of completely implementing the important “Three Represent” thought and the spirit of the 16th Party Congress, from the height of the Party serving the public and government being for the people, from the height of persisting in the scientific development view and structuring a Socialist harmonious society, further strengthening and improving public opinion supervision work under new circumstances.

 

II, Persisting in the requirements of the principles of public opinion supervision. Public opinion supervision work must persist in Party principles, persist in seeking truth from facts, persist in serving the people, serving Socialism, serving the large picture of Party and State work, closely grasp the correct public opinion orientation. It is necessary to serve the larger picture, persist in the continuity of responsibilities to the Party and responsibilities to the people, fixing eyes upon improving work, grasping problems that the masses pay close attention to, the government attaches important to, that have a universal sense, stimulating reform and development, safeguarding social stability. It is necessary to make facts accurate, deeply investigate and research, hear opinions from all sides, prevent inaccurate or incomplete reporting. It is necessary to be objective and fair, persist in convincing people by reasoning, fully considering the complexity of the real situation, being good at hearing different opinions, preventing subjective assumptions, or giving way to emotions. It is necessary to stress social effect, fix eyes upon resolving real problems, track reporting of the result of resolution, guide to the positive aspects, and not to speculate maliciously. It is necessary to respect news discipline, and scrupulously abide by professional news ethics.

 

III, Grasping the present public opinion supervision focus point. Strengthening supervision over acts violating laws and regulations, exposing and criticizing problems of having a law that is not obeyed, law enforcement not being strict, bribery and perversion of justice, etc., moving governing the country according to the law forward. Strengthening supervision over the implementation situation of Party and government policies and plans, reflecting the popular masses’ hopes and suggestions concerning Party and government work, exposing and criticizing acts of not implementing orders, not implementing prohibitions, feigning compliance, each going his own way, etc., safeguarding the authority of the Centre, guaranteeing that government decrees do not meet with obstacles. Strengthening supervision over the implementation situation of Party discipline and government discipline, exposing and criticizing acts of neglect or dereliction of duties, abuse of power, passive corruption, etc., stimulating the construction of clean government in cadre teams. Strengthening supervision over violations of the public interest, exposing and criticizing all manifestations and acts of violation of public interest in all ways and manners, protecting the popular masses’ lawful rights and interests. Strengthening exposing and criticism of repugnant social phenomena, immoral acts and harmful atmospheres, moving citizen moral construction forward, carrying forward social righteousness.

 

IV, Supporting news media in correctly developing public opinion supervision. All levels’ Party Committees and governments, social organizations and their workers must give high regard to public opinion supervision work, and support news gathering activities of news media journalists, especially from provincial-level and higher Party newspapers and Party periodicals, radio stations and television stations, providing conveniences for newsgathering and reporting. Grass-roots work units may not block information, conceal facts, intervene in public opinion supervision, and may not interfere with public opinion supervision through methods such as bribes or intercession. Relevant localities and departments shall vigorously respond to public opinion supervision, and shill timely investigate and deal with problems exposed by the media, and publicize the result of the handing through the media.

 

V, Strengthening the social responsibility of new media in public opinion supervision. The broad media workers must establish a strong sense of social responsibility, and stress the social effect of public opinion supervision. They must earnestly verify the content of reports, accomplish truth, accuracy and reliability, and may not release information from the Internet, may not publish or broadcast contributions that have not been verified, and may not conceal news facts that should be reported because of nepotism. It is necessary to obtain news through lawful and proper channels, newsgathering and reporting may not be conducted using illegal and immoral methods. The conveniences of the post may not be used to seek personal gain, it is prohibited to use public opinion supervision as an excuse to conduct blackmail. Strictly abiding laws and regulations, politico-legal organs’ handling cases according to the law may not be disturbed or interfered with. Respecting the lawful rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organizations. Strictly implementing relevant confidentiality regulations, taking strict precautions against divulging Party and State secrets in reports. News media must organize a reporting telephone line for society, and accept social and mass supervision consciously. Where the lawful rights and interests of other persons are violated because of inaccurate or inappropriate reporting, it shall be publicly rectified, the facts clarifies, and the harmful influence eliminated. Where discipline and regulations are violated, creating harmful influence, it must be gravely dealt with.

 

VI, Strengthening public opinion supervision work leadership. All levels’ Party Committees and governments must give high regard to public opinion supervision work, correctly utilize and give rein to the function of public opinion supervision. All levels’ leading cadres must correctly deal with public opinion supervision, strengthen the consciousness of accepting public opinion supervision, and be good in hearing the popular masses’ opinions and voices through public opinion supervision, discover and resolve problems, promote and improve work. It is necessary to fully give rein to the function of mainstream media such as Party newspapers and periodicals, radio stations, television stations, etc., in public opinion supervision work, realistically strengthen management over small papers and periodicals, and Internet sites. It is necessary to earnestly summarize the experience of public opinion supervision work, organically integrating public opinion supervision with internal Party supervision, legal supervision and mass supervision. All localities and all departments must earnestly research and formulate concrete rules for strengthening and improving public opinion supervision work. Party Committee Propaganda Departments must strengthen guidance over public opinion supervision work. News work units must formulate and perfect all work systems related to public opinion supervision, and the main responsible comrades must keep the gates themselves. It is necessary to strengthen the construction of newsgathering teams, earnestly implement the “Central Propaganda Department, State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and General Administration of Press and Publications Regulations Concerning Newsgathering Personnel Employment Management (Trial). It is necessary to strengthen training, education and management of editors and journalist, raise their political and professional quality. News workers must realistically strengthen their political consciousness, consciousness of the larger picture, sense of responsibility and sense of discipline, correctly understand and utilize public opinion supervision power, correctly grasp methods and forms of public opinion supervision, and incessantly raise the level of public opinion supervision work.

 

一步加和改进舆论监督工作的意

 

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为充分发挥新闻媒体舆论监督在统一思想、凝聚力量,促进改革发展、维护社会稳定中的积极作用,现就进一步加强和改进舆论监督工作提出如下意见。

 

一、高度重视舆论监督工作的重要作用。舆论监督是社会发展的要求、新闻工作的职责、人民群众的愿望、党和政府改进工作的手段。正确开展舆论监督,有利于发展社会主义民主,健全社会主义法制;有利于反映人民群众的意见和呼声,密切党和政府同人民群众的联系;有利于加强党风廉政建设,维护党和政府的良好形象;有利于弘扬正气,针砭时弊,理顺情绪,化解矛盾,维护社会稳定。各级党委、政府和有关部门要从全面贯彻“三个代表”重要思想和党的十六大精神的高度,从立党为公、执政为民的高度,从坚持科学发展观和构建社会主义和谐社会的高度,进一步加强和改进新形势下的舆论监督工作。

 

二、舆论监督工作的原要求。舆论监督工作必须坚持党性原则,坚持实事求是,坚持为人民服务、为社会主义服务、为党和国家工作大局服务,牢牢把握正确的舆论导向。要服务大局,坚持对党负责和对人民负责的一致性,着眼于改进工作,抓住群众关注、政府重视、有普遍意义的问题,促进改革发展,维护社会稳定。要事实准确,深入调查研究,听取各方意见,防止报道失实、以偏概全。要客观公正,坚持以理服人,充分考虑实际情况的复杂性,善于听取不同意见,防止主观臆断、感情用事。要注重社会效果,着眼于解决实际问题,跟踪报道处理结果,向积极的方面引导,不恶意炒作。要遵守新闻纪律,恪守新闻职业道德。

 

三、把握当前舆论监督的重点。加强对违法违规行为的监督,揭露和批评有法不依、执法不严、贪赃枉法等问题,推进依法治国。加强对党和政府的方针政策落实情况的监督,反映人民群众对党和政府工作的希望和建议,揭露和批评有令不行、有禁不止、阳奉阴违、各行其是等行为,维护中央权威,保证政令畅通。加强对党纪政纪执行情况的监督,揭露和批评失职渎职、滥用权力、消极腐败等行为,促进干部队伍廉政建设。加强对侵害群众利益行为的监督,揭露和批评以各种手段和方式侵害群众利益的现象和行为,保护人民群众的合法权益。加强对社会丑恶现象、不道德行为和不良风气的揭露和批评,推进公民道德建设,弘扬社会正气。

 

四、支持新媒体正确开舆论监督。各级党委和政府、社会团体及其工作人员要重视舆论监督工作,支持新闻媒体特别是省级以上党报党刊、电台、电视台记者的采访活动,为采访报道提供方便。基层单位不得封锁消息、隐瞒事实、干涉舆论监督,不得以行贿、说情等手段对舆论监督进行干预。有关地方和部门应当对舆论监督作出积极反应,对媒体揭露的问题应当及时调查处理,并通过媒体公开处理结果。

 

五、化新媒体在舆论监督中的社会任。广大新闻工作者要树立强烈的社会责任感,注重舆论监督的社会效果。对报道的内容,必须进行认真核实,做到真实、准确、可靠,不得编发互联网上的信息,不得刊播未经核实的来稿,不得徇私隐匿应报道的新闻事实。要通过合法和正当的途径获取新闻,不得采取非法和不道德的手段进行采访报道。不得利用职务之便谋取私利,严禁借舆论监督进行敲诈勒索。严格遵守法律法规,不得干扰和妨碍政法机关依法办案。尊重公民、法人及其他组织的合法权益。严格执行有关保密规定,严防在报道中泄露党和国家秘密。新闻媒体要向社会公布举报电话,自觉接受社会和群众监督。因报道失实或不当侵犯他人合法权益的,应公开更正,澄清事实,消除不良影响。对违纪违规、造成恶劣影响的,要严肃处理。

 

六、加对舆论监督工作的领导各级党委和政府要高度重视舆论监督工作,正确运用和发挥舆论监督的作用。各级领导干部要正确对待舆论监督,增强接受舆论监督的自觉性,善于通过舆论监督听取人民群众的意见和呼声,发现和解决问题,推动和改进工作。要充分发挥党报党刊、电台、电视台等主流媒体在舆论监督工作中的作用,切实加强对小报小刊和互联网站的管理。要认真总结舆论监督工作的经验,把舆论监督与党内监督、法律监督、群众监督有机结合起来。各地区各部门要认真研究制定加强和改进舆论监督工作的具体办法。党委宣传部门要加强对舆论监督工作的指导。新闻单位要制定和完善舆论监督的各项工作制度,主要负责同志要亲自把关。要加强新闻采编队伍建设,认真落实《中宣部、国家广电总局、新闻出版总署关于新闻采编人员从业管理的规定(试行)》。要加强对编辑记者的培训、教育和管理,提高他们的政治和业务素质。新闻工作者要切实增强政治意识、大局意识、责任意识和纪律意识,正确理解和运用舆论监督的权力,准确把握舆论监督的方法和形式,不断提高舆论监督工作的水平。

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