Notice concerning Strengthening the Management of Newsgathering and Editing Personnel’s Online Activities

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In order to fully give rein to the positive function of the network and promote the shaping of a heathy news order, the State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television has recently issued the “Notice concerning Strengthening the Management of Newsgathering and Editing Personnel’s Online Activities”, requiring a strengthening of management over newsgathering and editing personnel using network information, setting up individual microblogs and other network activities.

The “Notice” requires that newsgathering and editing personnel persists in the policies of unity, stability and enthusiasm, and giving first place to positive propaganda, vigorously use traditional media, news websites, blogs, microblogs and other carriers to disseminate mainstream information, guide society’s public opinion, consciously resist the infiltration and dissemination of harmful information, do not use and not report network information that has not been verified through authoritative channels, do not disseminate or republish online gossip or hearsay, or guessing-type information.

In the “Notice”, three “furthers” are mentioned, being further standardizing newsgathering and editing activities, further strengthening management over media and news websites, and further strengthening management over blogs and microblogs. Amongst those, in relation to further standardizing newsgathering and editing activities, the “Notice” requires the strict management of news work units’ newsgathering and editing ad activities and editorial screening workflows, prevention against creating false reports for the sake of one-sided pursuit of sensational effects, distribution numbers, listening or viewing rates. Without permission, no type of news work unit may use unauthorized news information products from foreign media or foreign websites.

Concerning further strengthening media and news website management, the “Notice” requires that news work units must strengthen management over news website content verification and gatekeeping, and the network activities of newsgathering and editing personnel, they must, according to the standards and workflows of traditional media news report publication, strictly verify the information disseminated by their subordinate news websites. It is prohibited to contract out, rent our or transfer website and website channel newsgathering and editing activities, it is prohibited for personnel without a news journalist card to gather news and publish articles under the name of websites or website channels. Without approval, news websites run by news work units may not publish unauthorized information provided by news informants, specially engaged writers, civil organizations, commercial organs, etc.

Concerning further strengthening blog and microblog management, the “Notice” requires that news work units establishing official microblogs must file this with their controlling work unit, and appoint specialist personnel to publish authoritative information, and timely delete harmful information. Newsgathering and editing personnel setting up professional microblogs must gain approval from their work unit, published microblog information may not violate laws, regulations and the management rules of the media to which they belong, they may not disseminate all sorts of information that has been gained through their professional activities without approval.

The “Notice” also contains clear provisions regarding strengthening and improving network news public opinion supervision, requiring that news work units incessantly strengthen and improve public opinion supervision. Newsgathering and editing personnel may not use public opinion supervision to coerce grass-roots work units and individuals to subscribe to newspapers or periodicals, insert advertising or provide support; they may not publish false information on websites, without verification and agreement by their news organ, they may not publish news information obtained through professional interviews on domestic or foreign websites.

Furthermore, the “Notice” points out that all localities’ administrative press and publications departments and all news media controlling and sponsoring departments must realistically implement localized management and hierarchical management responsibilities, and strengthen supervision over newsgathering and editing personnel and news activities of local media, subordinate media and local journalist stations, branch organs and local news website channels of Central media. Where newsgathering and editing personnel use the network as a platform to seek illegal gain and other activities, this must be firmly curbed, strictly investigated and prosecuted according to the law, and, in view of the circumstances, lead to temporary or lifelong prohibition to engage in newsgathering and editing work.

关于加强新闻采编人员网络活动管理的通知
为充分发挥网络的积极作用、推动形成健康的新闻秩序,国家新闻出版广电总局近日下发《关于加强新闻采编人员网络活动管理的通知》,要求加强新闻采编人员使用网络信息、开通个人微博等网络活动的管理。

《通知》要求,新闻采编人员要坚持团结稳定鼓劲、正面宣传为主的方针,积极利用传统媒体、新闻网站、博客、微博等载体传播主流信息,引导社会舆论,自觉抵制有害信息的渗透和传播,不引用、不报道未通过权威渠道核实的网络信息,不传播、不转载网上流言、传言或猜测性信息。

《通知》中提到3个“进一步”,即进一步规范新闻采编行为、进一步加强媒体新闻网站管理、进一步加强博客和微博管理。其中,关于进一步规范新闻采编行为,《通知》要求,严格新闻单位采编活动和编审流程的管理,防止为片面追求轰动效应、发行数量、收听收视率而造成失实报道。未经批准,各类新闻单位均不得擅自使用境外媒体、境外网站的新闻信息产品。

关于进一步加强媒体新闻网站管理,《通知》要求,新闻单位须加强新闻网站内容审核把关及新闻采编人员网络活动管理,要按照传统媒体刊发新闻报道的标准和流程,严格审核所属新闻网站发布的信息。禁止将网站及网站频道的新闻采编业务承包、出租或转让,禁止无新闻记者证人员以网站及网站频道名义采访或发稿。未经核实,新闻单位所办新闻网站不得擅自发布新闻线人、特约作者、民间组织、商业机构等提供的信息。

关于进一步加强博客和微博管理,《通知》要求,新闻单位设立官方微博须向其主管单位备案,并指定专人发布权威信息,及时删除有害信息。新闻采编人员设立职务微博须经所在单位批准,发布微博信息不得违反法律法规及所在媒体的管理规定,未经批准不得发布通过职务活动获得的各种信息。

《通知》对于加强和改进网络新闻舆论监督也作出明确规定,要求新闻单位不断加强和改进舆论监督。新闻采编人员不得利用舆论监督要挟基层单位和个人订阅报刊、投放广告、提供赞助;不得在网络上发布虚假信息,未经所在新闻机构审核同意不得将职务采访获得的新闻信息刊发在境内外网站上。

此外,《通知》指出,各地新闻出版行政部门和各新闻媒体主管主办单位要切实履行属地管理、分级管理的职责,强化对本地媒体、所辖媒体和中央媒体在地方记者站、分支机构、新闻网站地方频道新闻采编人员及新闻业务的监管。对新闻采编人员以网络为平台牟取非法利益等行为,要坚决制止,依法严肃查处,并视情节限期或终身禁止其从事新闻采编工作。

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