Notice concerning Strictly Standardizing the Market Order of Internally-Distributed Newspapers and Periodicals and Serial Internal Information Publications

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All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus, all newspaper and periodical controlling department of all Central Committee and State ministries and commissions, all democratic parties, all people’s organizations:

In 2003, all provinces (regions, municipalities) conducted a one-time complete clean-up and rectification of internally-distributed newspapers and periodicals, and serial internal information publications according to the requirements of the General Administration of Press and Publications, effectively curbing unlawful publishing, forced subscription and other unlawful activities in relation to internally-distributed newspapers and periodicals and serial internal information publications, the newspaper and periodical publishing and distribution market order has clearly turned for the better. But, in recent times, the phenomenon of unlawful distribution of internally-distributed newspapers and periodicals and serial internal informative publications has increased somewhat, some internally-distributed newspapers and periodicals such as internal reference or information reference-type periodicals have broken through the limits of their appointed scope of distribution, and openly solicit subscriptions and distribute to society; some serial internal informative publications have violated the management provisions of only being used to guide work and exchange information in their own sector, own system or own work unit, and openly solicit subscriptions and distribute themselves through all sorts of means to society. Especially a number of illegal publications that have not been approved or authorized, are labelled as “XX Internal Reference” or “xx Reference”, indicate expressions such as “specially provided to high-level leaders for policymaking reference”, “provided to department-level or higher leaders for reference”, etc., have been unlawfully published. In order to further standardize the newspaper and periodical publishing and distribution market order, and curb all sorts of unlawful publishing and distribution activities, hereby, the following notification is made concerning related problems:

I, All Party and government departments, and news work units must strictly implement the State management regulations concerning internally-distributed newspapers and periodicals, the internally-distributed newspapers and periodicals they run must be published according to the approved purpose for running newspapers or periodicals and the professional scope, and be distributed according to the determined scope, they may not be unlawfully published and openly solicit subscriptions or be distributed to society in any way.

II, Serial internal informative publications must, according to relevant State provisions, timely apply for an “Internal Informative Publication Printing Permit” (hereafter simply named “Permit”, and be strictly exchanged within the limits of their sector, their system or their work unit, they may not collect fees, may not carry advertising and may not openly solicit subscriptions or be distributed to society, and may not engage in any other commercial activity.

III, Without permission, no work unit or individual may publish internally-distribute newspapers or periodicals, or serial informative internal publications without authorization, printing work units may not contract the printing of publications that have not provided a publishing permit, the “Printing Permit” or that provide a publishing permit or “Printing Permit” that is out of date.

VI, All localities’ administrative press and publications departments must, on the basis of the spirit of this Notice, before the end of October this year, conduct a one-time complete clean-up and inspection of internally distributed newspapers and periodicals and serial internal informative publications within their jurisdiction. Internally-distributed newspapers and periodicals violating regulations are ordered to rectify their act violating regulations, and are punished on the basis of corresponding regulations, serial internal informative publications violating regulations are ordered to correct matters, those refusing to correct are punished according to the law, and their “Printing Permit” will be expired or cancelled. Internally-distributed newspapers and periodicals that have not obtained publishing permission, and serial internal informative publications that have not obtained a “Printing Permit” must be firmly banned, and the illegally-publishing work units and individuals must be strictly investigated and prosecuted, where it is suspected to constitute a crime matters are transferred to the public security organs according to the law, to investigate their criminal responsibility. After clean-up and inspection work is completed, all provincial-level administrative press and publications departments must submit a written report to the General Administration of Press and Publications.

V, All levels’ administrative press and publications departments must, according to the principle of localized management, faithfully implement their management tasks. They must strictly control and grasp examination and approval of internally distributed newspapers and periodicals, and serial internal informative publications, strictly examine and verify the qualifications of work units applying for “Printing Permits”, and must strengthen inspection of the content and quality of those having obtained a “Printing Permit”. They must strengthen daily supervision over internally-distributed newspapers and periodicals and serial internal informative publications, broadly mobilize and earnestly accept reports from the masses, expand the punishment strength against violations of laws and regulations, and strive to safeguard the newspaper and periodical publication and distribution market’s good ordering.

General Administration of Press and Publications

28 September 2010

关于严格规范内部发行报刊及连续性内部资料性出版物市场秩序的通知
各省、自治区、直辖市新闻出版局,中央和国家机关各部委、各民主党派、各人民团体报刊主管部门:
2003年,各省(区、市)按照新闻出版总署要求,对内部发行报刊及连续性内部资料性出版物进行了一次全面清理和整顿,有效制止了内部发行报刊及连续性内部资料性出版物违规出版、强行征订等违规行为,报刊出版发行市场秩序明显好转。但是,最近一段时间以来,内部发行报刊及连续性内部资料性出版物违规发行现象有所增多,一些内部发行报刊如内参、信息参考类期刊,突破在指定范围内发行的限定,面向社会公开征订发行;一些连续性内部资料性出版物违反只用于本行业本系统本单位指导工作、交流信息的管理规定,通过各种形式在社会上公开征订发行。特别是一些未经批准擅自出版的非法出版物,冠以“XX内参”、“XX参考”之名,注明“专供高层领导决策参考”、“供处级以上领导参阅”等字样,违法出版发行。为进一步规范报刊出版发行市场秩序,制止各种违规违法出版发行行为,现就有关问题通知如下:
一、各个党政部门和新闻单位要严格执行国家关于内部发行报刊的管理规定,所办内部发行报刊要按照批准的办报办刊宗旨和业务范围出版,按照指定的范围发行,不得违规出版和通过各种方式在社会上公开征订发行。
二、连续性内部资料性出版物必须按照国家有关规定,及时申领《内部资料性出版物准印证》(以下简称《准印证》),并严格限定在本行业本系统本单位内部交流,不得收取费用,不得刊登广告,不得在社会上公开征订发行,不得从事其他任何经营性活动。
三、未经批准,任何单位和个人不得擅自出版内部发行报刊及连续性内部资料性出版物,印刷单位不得承接未提供出版许可证、《准印证》或提供过期出版许可证、《准印证》的出版物印刷业务。
四、各地新闻出版行政部门要依据本通知精神,在今年10月底前,对所辖内部发行报刊及连续性内部资料性出版物进行一次全面清理和检查。对违反规定的内部发行报刊,责令其纠正违规行为,并依据相关规定予以处理;对违反规定的连续性内部资料性出版物,要责令其纠正,拒不纠正的依法处罚,期满注销其《准印证》。对未取得出版许可证的内部发行报刊及未取得《准印证》的连续性内部资料性出版物,必须坚决取缔,并严肃查处非法出版的单位和个人,对其中涉嫌构成犯罪的,依法移送公安机关追究其刑事责任。清理和检查工作结束后,各省级新闻出版行政部门要向新闻出版总署提交书面报告。
五、各级新闻出版行政部门要按照属地管理原则,忠实履行管理职责。要从严控制和掌握对内部发行报刊及连续性内部资料性出版物的审批,严格审核申领《准印证》单位的资质,对取得《准印证》的要加强内容和质量检查。要强化对内部发行报刊及连续性内部资料性出版物的日常监管,并广泛发动和认真受理群众举报,加大违规违法处罚力度,努力维护报刊出版发行市场良好秩序。

新闻出版总署
二○一○年九月二十八日

 

 

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