Notice concerning Launching a Special Campaign Attacking “News Blackmail” to Control Paid-For News

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All provincial, autonomous region and municipal and the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps publication bureaus, “sweeping pornography and striking illegality” offices, discipline inspection groups’ supervision offices inside bureaus, all relevant Centre and State organs, all democratic parties, all people’s organizations’ periodical controlling departments, all Centre newspaper and periodical publishing work units.

In recent years, the General Administration of Press and Publications has continuously launched special campaigns attacking false newspapers and periodicals, false journalist stations, false journalists and false news, the problem of violating of laws and regulations in the news publishing area has been put under control preliminarily. But, the problem of seeking profit by using or feigning newsgathering activities in society is still relatively prominent in a number of regions. In order to further attack genuine an false journalists’ activities gravely violating laws and regulations of conducting blackmail under the name of “exposure), standardize newsgathering and editing procedures, safeguard social harmony and stability, create a desirable social environment for the victorious convocation of the 18th Party Congress, the General Administration of Press and Publications, the Nationwide “Sweeping Pornography and Striking Illegality” Work Small Group Office, and the Central Discipline Inspection Committee’s Discipline Inspection Group inside the General Administration of Press and Publications have decided to launch a nationwide three-month campaign to attack “news blackmailing” and deal with paid-for news from 15 May 2012 until 15 August. This special campaign scope of attack and handling includes: social organs or personnel posing as new work units or news journalists engaging in so-called newsgathering activities and using “newsgathering” activities to engage in blackmail and extortion; news journalists using newsgathering activities for personal gain, and accepting “red envelopes” from enterprises and public relations organs; newspaper and periodical publishing work units and their work personnel distributing advertising under the guise of news, and conducting paid-for news or “paid-for non-news”, etc. Hereby, the relevant matters are notified as follows:

I, All levels’ law enforcement departments must meticulously, deeply and earnestly organize and launch the special law enforcement campaign to investigate and prosecute “news blackmail” and paid-for news.

All provincial (regional, municipal) administrative press and publications departments, “sweeping pornography and striking illegality” offices and discipline inspection organization supervision offices inside organs give high regard to this special campaign, and a campaign leading small group must be established, joint work groups organized, and special campaign work plans researched and formulated according to the requirements of this notice, in order to launch the special law enforcement campaign to investigate and prosecute “news blackmail” and paid-for news with the provinces as unit of concentration. This special campaign must strictly attack illegal newsgathering activities of false journalists, strictly investigate and prosecute newspaper and periodical publishing work units conducting paid-for news, strictly deal with news journalists conducting “news blackmail”, paid-for news, “paid-for non-news” and other unlawful news activities, persist in safeguarding regular newsgathering order, strictly protect the legal newsgathering rights and interests of news journalists and focus on doing work in the following few aspects well.

1. Strengthening news and propaganda, broadening supervision channels, creating a good public opinion atmosphere for launching the special campaign. All levels’ administrative press and publications departments must issue work deployments on launching the special campaign through local main news media and government websites, and broadly propagate the management regulations that domestic news organs’ newsgathering and editing personnel must engage in newsgathering carrying their journalist credentials. Concerning mining, medial treatment, food and other sectors where accidents often happen and suburban and small town regions where lawsuits are high, through newspapers and periodicals, radio, television, networks, propaganda leaflets and many other methods, propagating the main characteristics of unlawful news activities, methods to guard against them and methods and ways of examining the identity of journalists. Establishing reporting telephone lines and publishing them to society, vigorously accepting reports from the masses, earnestly verifying reported problems, granting strict secrecy to reporting persons. Organizing model cases for media reports, broadly mobilizing society to participate in and the masses to support this, expand momentum for the smooth launching of this special campaign, and creating an atmosphere.

(2) Strictly enforcing the law, mutually cooperating, determinedly investigating and prosecuting grave problems of violating laws and regulations of “news blackmail”, paid-for news, etc. All levels’ administrative press and publications departments must expand investigation and prosecution strength against news journalists’ acts violating laws and regulations, cases involving fake newspapers and periodicals, fake journalists and fake journalist stations are to be filed, investigated and handled by “sweeping pornography and striking illegality” departments. Discipline inspection organs must perform petition supervision and case coordination work well. All levels’ law enforcement departments must strengthen case clue collection, firmly establish a batch of focus supervision cases, concentrate forces to expand attack and handling strength, strictly investigate and prosecute a batch of model “news blackmail” and paid for news cases. All case clues grasped by localities and all relevant departments and other matters that need to be dealt with, where they do not fall under that region’s or that department’s scope of jurisdiction or need to be handled in cooperation with other regions or departments, must be timely reported to the corresponding regions and departments.

All levels’ law enforcement departments inspecting news activities violating laws and regulations, must collect audio recordings, video recordings, receipts and other evidence according to procedure, produce good inquiry and investigation notes, determine the concrete nature and category of the activity and deal with it. Those engaging in newsgathering activities in violation of regulations with false credentials, shall have the credentials confiscated according to the law, dealt with and go on record; where it is verified that newsgathering or editing personnel’s unlawful case has already created grave consequences, administrative punishments must be imposed according to the law, and according to the “Bad Professional Activity Registration Rules for Newsgathering and Editing Personnel”, timely be reported to the General Administration of Press and Publications to impose work limitation or work prohibition according to the law; those suspected of having committed a crime, must be transferred to the judicial organs in order to prosecute their criminal responsibility.

3. Further perfecting work mechanisms, timely organizing supervision and inspection, guaranteeing that the special campaign obtains results. All provincial (regional, municipal) administrative press and publications departments must integrate strictly attacking “news blackmail” and paid-for news with launching the news battle line “three study and education” activities, standardizing newsgathering and editing activities, and correcting unhealthy tendencies within the sector, actively strive for the support of propaganda departments, rectification departments and public security organs, and adopt joint operations when necessary. All provincial (regional, municipal) administrative press and publications departments, “sweeping pornography and striking illegality” offices, discipline inspection and supervision organs within bureaus conduct inspection of the work deployment, task implementation and other situations in focus regions. The General Administration of Press and Publications and the Discipline Inspection Office within GAPP will, jointly with the Nationwide “Sweeping Pornography and Striking Illegality” Work Small Group Office and other relevant departments, send inspection groups to conduct inspection of the launching situation of the special campaign, and will notify the inspection results to all localities.

II, Newspaper and periodical controlling and sponsoring organs must earnestly implement supervision and management duties, realistically rectify problems of paid-for news, “paid-for non-news” and other problems with newspapers and periodicals.

Newspaper and periodical controlling and sponsoring work units must earnestly implement their duties, supervise newspaper and periodical publishing work units in launching self-inspection and self-rectification, realistically strengthen supervision, inspection and management over their subordinate newspapers and periodicals situation of engaging in paid-for news, “paid-for non-news”, etc.

Newspaper and periodical controlling and sponsoring work units must earnestly implement their management duties over their subordinate newspaper and periodicals and their personnel, organize and deploy their subordinate newspaper and periodical publishing work units to earnestly launch self-inspection and self-rectification according to relevant regulations and the requirements of this Notice, inspect the work situation of the journalist stations of their subordinate newspapers and periodicals, supervise newspaper and periodical publishing work units’ earnest self-inspection, strict rectification, and examine newspaper and periodical publishing work units’ self-inspection and self-rectification work reports.

Newspaper controlling work units must establish and complete responsibility investigation systems, and where grave problems of violating laws and regulations such as journalists producing paid-for news, “paid-for non-news”, “news blackmail”, etc., repeatedly occur, controlling departments must investigate the responsibility of  the main leaders of the newspaper and periodical publishing work unit, the division leaders and other corresponding responsible persons; where the national interest or the public interest is damaged or evil social influences are created, controlling departments must investigate the responsibility of the main person in charge of the newspaper and periodical publishing work unit, and timely restructure and substantiate leadership ranks.

III, Newspaper and periodical publishing work units must earnestly implement relevant regulations, strengthen system construction and team management, and consciously resist paid-for news and “paid-for non-news”

Newspaper and periodical publishing work units and their newsgathering and editing personnel must earnestly abide by the requirements of the “Some Provisions Concerning Prohibiting Paid-For News” issued by the Central Propaganda Department and four other departments and the “Central Propaganda Department, SARFT and General Administration of Press and Publication Regulations Concerning Newsgathering and Editing Personnel Professional Management (Trial), perfect internal management mechanisms, consciously resist paid-for news, “paid-for non-news”, determinedly clear up gathering and editing personnel where harmful behaviour exists, earnestly launch self-examination and self-rectification according to the following seven points, and report to the controlling and sponsoring work units in written form.

1. whether or not the work unit and newsgathering and editing personnel have problems such as asking for money, goods, etc. from newsgathering and reporting counterparts;

2. Whether or not the work unit and newsgathering and editing personnel have problems such as accepting cash gifts, value vouchers, etc., from gathering and reporting counterparts or public relations companies;

3. Whether or not the work unit and news journalists establish or participate in cultural dissemination-type, advertising-type and public relations-type companies, whether or not they hold concurrent posts with remuneration in the above companies or social intermediary organs.;

4. Whether or not the work unit has problems of carrying advertising in the form of news;

5. Whether or not the work unit has problems of charges fees from newsgathering and reporting counterparts in order to carry positive news reports or to not expose negative news;

6. Whether or not the problem of news reporting and commercial activities not being separated exists, whether or not it is completely achieved that gathering and editing personnel are separate from business personnel, work is separated and departments are separated;

7. whether or not the work unit and gathering and editing personnel participate in commercials, distribution and other commercial activities.

All newspaper and periodical publishing work units must, on the basis of self-examination and self-rectification, inspect and complete reporting and complaints acceptance, verification, handling, feedback and other procedures and mechanisms. The list of names and functions of all persons having news journalists credentials must be permanently displayed on websites, reporting telephone numbers published in newspapers and periodicals, special departments and personnel must be arranged to deal with reports and complaints from the masses, and the results if investigation and punishment timely published.

IV, The materials and reports of the special campaign

1. Newspaper and periodical publishing work units must timely launch self-examination and self-rectification according to this Notice and corresponding regulations, and determinedly put an end to paid-for news and “paid-for non-news”. If that work unit has newsgathering and editing personnel receiving criminal punishments or punishment from administrative press and publications department, or where there are people that should be limited in their engaging in newsgathering and editing work because of violating corresponding laws and regulations, the situation of the party concerned must be described according to the “Newsgathering and Editing Personnel Bad Professional Activity Record and Registration Rules issued by the General Administration of Press and Publications, and this must be reported to the local administrative press and publications department for handling according to the law.

2. Central newspaper and periodical controlling work units must timely organize and deploy their subordinate newspapers and periodicals to strengthen internal management, determinedly curb subordinate newspaper and periodical publishing work units and news journalists producing paid-for news, “paid-for non-news”, and report the situation of organizing and launching work before 25 August 2012 to the General Administration of Press and Publications Newspaper and Periodical Department, contact person: Li Wei, telephone: 010-83138673, fax: 010-83138275.

3. All provincial (regional, municipal) administrative press and publications departments must timely summarize the situation of launching the special campaign, and report the summary before 25 August 2012 to the General Administration of Press and Publications Newspaper and Periodical Department, contact person: Li Wei, telephone: 010-83138673, fax: 010-83138275; all provincial “Sweeping Pornography and Striking Illegality” offices must timely report the work situation of handled cases and launching corresponding focus work to the Nationwide “Sweeping Pornography and Striking Illegality” Work Small Group Office, contact person: reporting centre, telephone: 010-65212870,010-65212787

It is hereby notified.

General Administration of Press and Publications

Nationwide “Sweeping Pornography and Striking Illegality” Work Small Group Office

Central Discipline Inspection Committee Examination Organization inside the General Administration of Press and Publications

18 April 2012

关于开展打击“新闻敲诈”治理有偿新闻专项行动的通知

新出联〔2012〕13号

各省、自治区、直辖市和新疆生产建设兵团新闻出版局、“扫黄打非”办公室、驻局纪检组监察室,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,中央各报刊出版单位:
近年来,新闻出版总署连续开展打击假报刊、假记者站、假记者、假新闻专项行动,新闻出版领域违法违规问题得到初步治理。但是,社会上利用或假借新闻采访活动牟利的问题在部分地区仍然比较突出。为进一步打击真假记者以“曝光”为名进行敲诈勒索等严重违法违规行为,规范新闻采编秩序,维护社会和谐稳定,为党的十八大胜利召开营造良好社会环境,新闻出版总署、全国“扫黄打非”工作小组办公室、中央纪委驻新闻出版总署纪检组决定自2012年5月15日至8月15日在全国开展为期三个月的打击“新闻敲诈”、治理有偿新闻的专项行动。本次专项行动打击和治理的范围包括:社会机构或人员假冒新闻单位或新闻记者搞所谓的新闻采访活动及利用“采访”活动敲诈勒索;新闻记者利用采访活动牟取利益,接受企业和公关公司“红包”;报刊出版单位及其工作人员以新闻报道形式发布广告,搞有偿新闻或“有偿不闻”等。现将有关事项通知如下:
一、各级执法部门要精心部署、认真组织开展查处“新闻敲诈”、有偿新闻专项执法行动
各省(区、市)新闻出版行政部门、“扫黄打非”办公室和驻局纪检组监察室要高度重视本次专项行动,要按照本通知要求成立行动领导小组,组织联合工作组,研究制订专项行动工作方案,以省为单位集中开展查处“新闻敲诈”、有偿新闻专项执法行动。本次专项行动要严厉打击假记者的非法采访活动,严肃查处报刊出版单位搞有偿新闻,严格处理新闻记者搞“新闻敲诈”、有偿新闻、“有偿不闻”等新闻违法活动,坚决维护正常的新闻采访秩序,切实保护新闻记者合法的新闻采访权益,重点做好以下几个方面工作。
1.加强新闻宣传,拓宽监督渠道,为开展专项行动营造良好舆论氛围。各级新闻出版行政部门要通过当地主要新闻媒体和政府网站发布开展专项行动的工作部署,广泛宣传境内新闻机构采编人员必须持新闻记者证采访的管理规定。针对煤炭、医疗、食品等事故多发行业和城市郊区、乡镇等案件高发地区,通过报刊、广播、电视、网络、宣传册等多种形式宣传新闻违法活动的主要特点、防范办法和核实记者身份的方式方法。设立并向社会公布举报电话,积极受理群众举报,认真核查举报问题,对举报人信息予以严格保密。组织媒体报道典型案件,广泛动员社会参与和群众支持,为专项行动顺利开展壮大声势、营造氛围。
2.严格执法,相互配合,坚决查处“新闻敲诈”、有偿新闻等严重违法违规问题。各级新闻出版行政部门要加大对新闻记者违法违规行为的查处力度,涉及假报刊、假记者、假记者站的案件,由“扫黄打非”部门立案查办。纪检监察机构要做好信访督办、案件协调工作。各级执法部门要加强案件线索收集,确立一批重点督办案件,集中力量加大打击和治理力度,严肃查处一批“新闻敲诈”、有偿新闻的典型案件。各地各有关部门所掌握的案件线索和需要办理的其他事项,凡不属于本地区本部门管辖范围的或需其他地区和部门配合的,要及时向相关地区和部门通报。
各级执法部门核查新闻违法违规行为,要按程序收集录音、录像、收据等相关证据,做好调查询问笔录,确定具体行为的性质分类处理。对持假证件违规从事新闻采访活动的,应依法收缴证件,做出处理并记录在案;对查实的新闻采编人员违法案件且已造成严重后果的,要依法做出行政处罚,并根据《新闻采编人员不良从业行为记录登记办法》,及时报新闻出版总署依法做出限业或禁业处理;对涉嫌违法犯罪的,要移交司法机关追究其刑事责任。
3.进一步完善工作机制,及时组织督导检查,确保专项行动取得实效。各省(区、市)新闻出版行政部门要把严查“新闻敲诈”和有偿新闻与开展新闻战线“三项学习教育”活动、规范新闻采编行为、纠正行业不正之风结合起来,主动争取宣传部门、纠风部门、公安机关的支持,必要时采取联合行动。各省(区、市)新闻出版行政部门、“扫黄打非”办公室、驻局纪检组监察室要对重点地区的工作部署、任务落实等情况进行检查。新闻出版总署、驻总署纪检组监察局将联合全国“扫黄打非”工作小组办公室等有关部门派出检查组,对专项行动开展情况进行检查,并将检查结果通报各地。
二、报刊主管、主办单位要认真落实监督管理责任,切实纠正报刊有偿新闻、“有偿不闻”等问题
报刊主管、主办单位要认真履行职责,监督报刊出版单位开展自查自纠,切实加强对所属报刊搞有偿新闻、“有偿不闻”情况的监督、检查和管理。
报刊主管、主办单位要认真履行对所属报刊及其从业人员的管理职责,组织部署所属报刊出版单位按照有关规定和本通知要求认真开展自查自纠,检查所属报刊记者站的工作情况,督促报刊出版单位认真自查、严肃整改,审核报刊出版单位的自查自纠工作报告。
报刊主管单位要建立健全责任追究制度,对于屡次出现记者搞有偿新闻、“有偿不闻”、“新闻敲诈”等严重违法违规问题的,主管单位要追究报刊出版单位主要领导、分管领导等相关责任人的责任;对于损害国家利益、公共利益的或者造成恶劣社会影响的,主管单位要依法追究报刊出版单位主要负责人责任,及时调整和充实领导班子。
三、报刊出版单位要认真贯彻有关规定,加强制度建设和队伍管理,自觉抵制有偿新闻、“有偿不闻”
报刊出版单位及其采编人员要认真对照中宣部等四部门印发的《关于禁止有偿新闻的若干规定》和《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)》等要求,完善内部管理机制,自觉抵制有偿新闻、“有偿不闻”,坚决清退存在不良行为的采编人员,就以下7个方面认真开展自查自纠,并形成书面报告报主管、主办单位。
1.本单位及采编人员是否存在向采访、报道对象索要钱物等问题;
2.本单位采编人员是否存在接受采访、报道对象或公关公司的礼金、有价证券等问题;
3.本单位新闻记者是否创办或参股文化传播类、广告类、公关类公司,是否在上述公司或社会中介组织兼职取酬;
4.本单位是否存在以新闻报道形式刊载广告问题;
5.本单位是否存在因刊载正面新闻报道或不予曝光负面新闻而向采访、报道对象收费问题;
6.本单位是否存在新闻报道和经营活动未分离问题,是否完全做到采编和经营人员分离、业务分离和部门分离;
7.本单位采编人员是否参与广告、发行等经营业务。
各报刊出版单位要在自查自纠基础上,建立健全举报及投诉的受理、核实、处置和反馈等程序机制。要在网站上长期公示所有持新闻记者证人员的名单、职务,在报刊上公布举报电话,安排专门部门和人员处理群众举报、投诉,及时公布核查处理结果。
四、专项行动的材料报送
1.报刊出版单位要对照本通知及相关规定,及时开展自查自纠,坚决杜绝有偿新闻、“有偿不闻”。本单位如有采编人员受到刑事处罚、新闻出版行政部门处罚,或者违反相关法律法规应予限制从事新闻采编工作的,要根据新闻出版总署印发的《新闻采编人员不良从业行为记录登记办法》及时填写当事人情况,报属地新闻出版行政部门依法做出处理。
2.中央报刊主管单位要及时组织部署所属报刊加强内部管理,坚决制止所属的报刊出版单位及新闻记者搞有偿新闻、“有偿不闻”,并于2012年8月25日前将组织开展工作的情况报送新闻出版总署新闻报刊司,联系人:李伟,电话:010-83138673,传真:010-83138275。
3.各省(区、市)新闻出版行政部门要及时对专项行动开展情况进行总结,并于2012年8月25日前将总结报送新闻出版总署新闻报刊司,联系人:李伟,电话:010-83138673,传真:010-83138275;各省(区、市)“扫黄打非”办公室要及时向全国“扫黄打非”工作小组办公室报送查办案件及开展相关重点工作情况,联系部门:举报中心,电话:010-65212870,010-65212787。
特此通知。

新闻出版总署
全国“扫黄打非”工作小组办公室
中央纪委驻新闻出版总署纪检组

二〇一二年四月十八日

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