Notice Concerning Investigating and Prosecuting “Horror and Occult-Type” Audiovisual Products

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GAPPA No. (2008)189

 

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus, Liberation Army General Political and Propaganda Department Press and Publications Bureau, all audiovisual publishing and production work units:

In 2007, the GAPP issued the “Notice Concerning Investigating and Prosecuting Horror-Type Publications such as “Death Note”, etc.” (GAPPB No. (2007)697), and concentratedly cleaned up a batch of “horror”-type publications with “Death Note” as focus points, obtaining interim results, ant gaining broad support in public opinion and society. Recently, a tendency of resurgence of “horror and occult-type” audiovisual publications has emerged, this sort of publications propagates harmful content such as horror, violence, mutilation, etc., gravely influencing the physical and mental health of minors. In order to control and eliminate the harmful social influence of this sort of audiovisual products, prevent that publications containing content such as horror, violence, mutilation, etc., enter into the market through regular publishing channels, protect the physical and mental health of minors, this Notice is issued.

 

I, What is known as “horror and occult-type” audiovisual products, refers to audiovisual products having different inhumans such as evil ghosts and spirits, heterogeneous monsters, etc., as image portrayals, having strange transcendent illusions, bizarre nightmares and deliriums as fabrication methods, having surrealistic plot details such as horror and frightening people, horror and gruesomeness, bizarre suspense as story themes, and having the pursuit of provoking a sense of fear and horror as objective.

 

II, All provincial-level press and publications bureaus after receiving this Notice must give this high regard. They must take the spirit of the 17th Party Congress as guidance, strengthen their consciousness of the larger picture and a sense of social responsibility, persist in the principle of putting social interest first, earnestly deploying this special clean-up campaign, standardize and guide the publishing activities of audiovisual publishing work units in their jurisdictions.

 

III, All provincial-level press and publications bureaus must on the basis of Article 26 Paragraph 7 and Article 27 of the “Publication Management Rules”, conduct a one-time earnest inspection of audiovisual products already published by audiovisual publishing work units in their jurisdictions in 2006 and 2007, and all those containing prohibited content, must be without exception be taken down, sealed up and retrieved, and punishment must be imposed according to Article 56 of the “Publications Management Regulations. Those having “horror and occult-type” content in the annual audiovisual publishing theme planning for 2008, must immediately cease production, cancel the title, and delete related content.

 

IV, All provincial-level press and publications bureaus must before 29 February 2008, report the written materials concerning investigating and prosecution circumstances and handling opinions to the GAPP. If audiovisual publishing work units publish horror or occult-type audiovisual products in violation of regulations, punishment shall be imposed according to the law.

 

It is hereby notified.

 

General Administration of Press and Publications

2 February 2008

关于查处“恐怖灵异类”音像制品的通知
新出音〔2008〕189号

各省、自治区、直辖市新闻出版局,解放军总政宣传部新闻出版局,各音像出版、制作单位:
2007年,总署下发了《关于查处<死亡笔记>等恐怖类出版物的通知》(新出图〔2007〕697号)集中清理了以《死亡笔记》为重点的一批“恐怖”类出版物,取得阶段性成果,得到舆论和社会的广泛支持。近期,“恐怖灵异类”音像制品出现回潮的趋势,此类出版物宣扬恐怖、暴力、残酷等不良内容,严重影响未成年人的身心健康。为了控制和清除此类音像制品的不良社会影响,防止含有恐怖、暴力、残酷等内容的出版物通过正规出版途径进入市场,保护未成年人的身心健康,特发此通知。
一、所谓“恐怖灵异类”音像制品,是指以冤魂厉鬼、异性怪魔等异类非人为形象塑造,以奇异的超验幻想、离奇的梦魇谵妄为虚构手段,以恐怖骇人、惊悚阴森、离奇悬疑的超现实情节为故事题材,以追求惊惧恐怖的感官刺激效果为目的的音像制品。
二、各省级新闻出版局接到通知后要高度重视。要以党的十七大精神为指导,增强大局意识和社会责任感,坚持社会效益第一的原则,认真部署此次专项清查活动,规范和引导本辖区内音像出版单位的出版行为。
三、各省级新闻出版局要依据《出版管理条例》第二十六条第七款和第二十七条的规定,对所辖音像出版单位2006年和2007年已经出版的音像制品,进行一次认真清查,凡是含有禁载内容的,一律下架、封存、回收,并依据《出版管理条例》第五十六条做出相应处理。对于2008年音像年度出版选题计划中含有“恐怖灵异类”内容的,要立即停止制作,撤销选题,删除相关内容。
四、各省级新闻出版局须于2008年2月29日前,将检查情况及处理意见的书面材料报送总署。若音像出版单位违规出版恐怖灵异类音像制品,将依法对其进行处罚。
特此通知。
新闻出版总署
二○○八年二月二日

 

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