Notice concerning the Investigation and Prosecution Situation of False and Inaccurate News on Chinanews.com and Other Media

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XCTZ No. (2013)121

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publication bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Press and Publications Bureau, the Liberation Army General Political Department Propaganda Department Press and Publications Bureau, all Central and State Ministries and Commissions, the controlling work units of newspapers and periodicals in all democratic parties and all people’s organizations, the main Central news work units

In recent years, “marching to the grass roots, transforming work styles and improving writing styles” activities have been deeply launched on the news front, news work units have incessantly standardized newsgathering activities and obtained good effects, but there still are a small number of media and journalists who do not deeply verify news clues and network information, and publish false or inaccurate reports, creating a harmful social influence. Hereby, the investigation and prosecution situation of some false and inaccurate media reporting that attracted broad attention in society, is notified:

1. The investigation and prosecution situation of Chinanews.com concerning a report of a Shenzhen girl feeding a handicapped beggar on the street. On 25 March 2013, Chinanews.com published a report by a journalist of the China News Agency Guangdong Branch “Post-90s girl in Shenzhen Feeds Handicapped Beggar on Street, Moving Passers-by”. The report stated that a post-90s girl kneeled down to feed a handicapped beggar, and new pictures were distributed. After investigation, the said report is gravely inconsistent with reality. After the China News journalist received letters from society on the “Shenzhen post-90s girl feeding a beggar”, he did not deeply gather news and verify but edited and released  the text and pictures, and they were uploaded on Chinanews.com, with the journalist signing as writer and photographer, moreover, editorial examination and gatekeeping was not strict, resulting in the publication of false reports online, creating a harmful social influence. Recently, China News Agency has dealt with the journalist in question, the duty manager of the website of that date, etc., and has at the same time further strengthened examination and verification of contributions from society and other internal newsgathering workflow management.

2. The investigation and prosecution situation of the “China Industry and Commerce Times” concerning a report on a large price rise in natural gas. On 25 March 2013, the “China Industry and Commerce Times” published a report of a journalist of that newspaper “Natural Gas Marketization Reform “in the Last Kilometre”. The report stated that “from April, our country’s natural gas prices will rise substantially, all local retail terminal prices will hit the area 3-3.5 Yuan per cubic meter, and will from there on go to a high of 4 Yuan.”. On 27 March, relevant departments openly refuted the rumour. The investigation found that the journalist only interviewed relevant organs and experts, and did not verify this with State authorities, the newspaper did not strictly keep the gate, resulting in the fact that key information in the report was false, creating harmful social influence. In recent days, the controlling work unit of the “China Industry and Commerce Times”, the China National Industry and Commerce Union, punished the said newspaper’s editor-in-chief, editors on duty, the journalist in question and other responsible persons. The China Industry and Commerce Time Company has launched internal rectification to find and plug loopholes, has further perfected management processes, strengthened employee education and standardized newsgathering and editing activities.

3. The investigation and prosecution situation of the “Information Daily” concerning a report on a tramp becoming wealthy because of housing demolition. On 7 April 2013, the Jiangxi “Information Daily” published a report of a journalist of that newspaper “Vagrant Coming Home after Nine Years Becomes “High Roller” in a Wink”. The report states that some man from Wenzhou, who came home after nine years of vagrancy and begging away from home because of illness, after being helped by the Jiangxi Fu Village aid station personnel, received notification when he came home that because of the development of villages inside cities, he would receive more than 7 million Yuan in land compensation. The investigation found out that the party mentioned in the report receiving “land compensation of more than 7 million Yan” and other key information was rumour by the personnel of the aid station told to others, the journalist did not deeply verify this, gatekeeping at the Information Daily Company was not strict, leading to inaccurate reporting. Recently, the Jiangxi Provincial Press and Publications Bureau charged the Information Daily Company with strictly punishing the relevant responsible persons, and required further perfection of systems, as well as strict precautions against the publication of inaccurate news. The Information Daily Company published the journalist in question, the on-duty editor, the duty manager, the editor-in-chief on duty and other responsible persons.

After the above false and inaccurate reports were published, they created harmful social influence and damaged the credibility of media and the good social image of news workers. All news work units nationwide must take heed from this, take this as an example, and must, according to the “Opinions concerning Further Standardizing Newsgathering Work” jointly issued by the Central Propaganda Department and five other departments, the General Administration of Press and Publications “Some Provisions concerning Strictly Preventing False News Reporting” and the State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television “Notice concerning Strengthening Management of Newsgathering Personnel’s Online Activities” and other requirements, further establish and complete newsgathering, editing, verification, publication and other internal management systems, strictly implement the “three examinations” system, strengthen final responsibility, it is prohibited to publish or reprint contributions from unverified social origins and network information, it is prohibited to use terms such as authoritative persons, related persons, persons with information, etc., to blur news information sources, apart from special cases due to national security, secrecy protection, etc.” Newsgathering and editing personnel must persist in the principles of truth, completeness, objectivity and fairness, go deeply into news scenes for investigation and research, fully understand the truth of the matter, to guarantee the truth, objectivity and accuracy of news reports. All localities’ administrative press and publications departments and all news work units’ controlling and sponsoring work units must realistically implement their duties of localized and subordinate management, and controlling or sponsoring work unit management, timely and strictly deal with gravely false and inaccurate reports and openly report the, and further raise the credibility of news media and news journalists in the entire society.

2 May 2013

新出厅字〔2013〕121号

关于中国新闻网等媒体虚假失实报道查处情况的通报

各省、自治区、直辖市新闻出版局,新疆生产建设兵团新闻出版局,解放军总政治部宣传部新闻出版局,中央和国家机关各部委、各民主党派、各人民团体报刊主管单位,中央主要新闻单位:

近年来,新闻战线深入开展“走基层、转作风、改文风”活动,新闻单位不断规范新闻采编活动,取得了良好的效果,但是仍有少数媒体和记者对新闻线索和网络信息不深入核实,刊发虚假失实报道,造成不良社会影响。现对近期社会广泛关注的几起媒体虚假失实报道的调查及处理情况通报如下:

1.中国新闻网关于深圳女孩当街给残疾乞丐喂饭的报道核查处理情况。2013年3月25日,中国新闻网刊发中国新闻社广东分社记者的报道《深圳90后女孩当街给残疾乞丐喂饭感动路人》。报道称,在深圳打工的90后某女孩单膝跪地给残疾乞丐喂饭,并配发了新闻图片。经查,该报道与事实严重不符。中国新闻社记者收到“深圳90后女孩喂乞丐”的社会来稿后,未深入采访核实就将稿件和图片编发后上传至中国新闻网,并署名记者采写、摄影,加上编辑审核和把关不严,致使虚假报道在网站刊发,造成不良社会影响。近日,中国新闻社已对当事记者、网站当日值班责任人等做出处理,同时进一步加强社会来稿审核等内部采编流程管理。

2.《中华工商时报》关于天然气将大幅涨价的报道核查处理情况。2013年3月25日,《中华工商时报》刊登该报记者的报道《天然气市场化改革踏上“最后一公里”》。报道称,“从4月起,我国天然气价格将进行大幅度上涨,其各地零售终端价格将达到3元~3.5元/立方米区位,进而逼向4元大关。”3月27日,有关部门公开辟谣。经查,记者仅采访了有关机构及专家,未向国家权威部门核实,报社把关不严,致使报道关键信息失实,造成了不良社会影响。近日,《中华工商时报》主管单位中华全国工商业联合会已对该报总编辑、值班编委、当事记者等相关责任人作出处理。中华工商时报社已开展内部整顿,查堵漏洞,进一步完善管理流程,加强从业人员教育,规范采编行为。

3.《信息日报》关于流浪汉因拆迁变富翁的报道核查处理情况。2013年4月7日,江西《信息日报》刊发该报记者的报道《流浪9年回家瞬间变“富翁”》。报道称,温州某男子在外乞讨流浪9年染病被江西萍乡救助站人员救助并送回家乡后被告知,因搞城中村开发,他已获得700余万元的土地补偿金。经核查,该报道中当事人获得“700余万元的土地补偿金”等关键信息系救助站人员转述他人的说法,记者未做深入核实,信息日报社把关不严,导致报道失实。近日,江西省新闻出版局已责成信息日报社严肃处理相关责任人,并要求进一步完善制度,严防刊载不实新闻。信息日报社已对当事记者、当班编辑、值班主任、值班总编等相关责任人作出了处理。

以上虚假失实报道刊发后,造成不良的社会影响,损害了媒体的公信力和新闻工作者的良好社会形象。全国各新闻单位要引以为戒,举一反三,要按照中央宣传部等五部门联合下发的《关于进一步规范新闻采编工作的意见》、新闻出版总署《关于严防虚假新闻报道的若干规定》、国家新闻出版广电总局《关于加强新闻采编人员网络活动管理的通知》等要求,进一步建立健全采访、编辑、审核、刊发等内部管理制度,严格执行“三审”制度,强化终审责任,不得刊发、转载未经核实的社会自由来稿和网络信息,除出于国家安全、保密等特殊原因外不得使用权威人士、有关人士、消息人士等概念模糊新闻消息来源。新闻采编人员要坚持真实、全面、客观、公正的原则,深入新闻现场调查研究,充分了解事实真相,确保新闻报道真实、客观、准确。各地新闻出版行政部门和各新闻单位主管主办单位要切实履行属地管理、主管主办单位管理职责,及时严肃处理严重虚假失实报道并公开通报,进一步在全社会提升新闻媒体和新闻记者的公信力。

2013年5月2日

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