Chapter I: General provisions
Article 1: In order to strengthen management of content management staff in Internet news information service work units, safeguard the lawful rights and interests of staff and the social public, and stimulate the healthy and orderly development of internet news information services, on the basis of the “Cybersecurity Law of the People’s Republic of China” and the “Internet News Information Management Regulations”, these Rules are formulated.
Article 2: Staff as mentioned in these Regulations, refers to persons in Internet news information service work units especially engaging in content management work such as Internet news information collection, publication, reposting and examination.
Article 3: Internet news information service work unit as mentioned in these Regulations, refers to work units having lawfully obtained an internet news information service licence, and provide internet news information services to the social public through Internet sides, application software, forums, blogs, microblogs, public accounts, instant messaging tools, online live streaming and other such means.
Article 4: The State Internet Information Office (CAC) is responsible for planning and guidance of education and training work for Internet news information service work unit staff, and the supervision and inspection of their employment circumstances nationwide.
Local Internet information offices are, according to their duties, responsible for planning and guidance of education and training work for Internet news information service work unit staff, and the supervision and inspection of their employment situation, within their localities
Chapter II: Behavioural standards for staff
Article 5: Staff shall abide by the Constitution, the law and administrative regulations, persist in a correct political orientation and public opinion orientation, implement and execute relevant Party and State news and public opinion work plans and policies, safeguard the national interest and the public interest, strictly abide by laws, regulations and relevant State provisions concerning Internet content management, stimulate the creation of positive, healthy, upward and benign online culture, and promote the construction of a cyberspace with a crisp and clear atmosphere.
Article 6: Staff shall persist in the Marxist view of news, persist in the Socialist core value system, persist in the work orientation of putting the people central, establish a mass viewpoint, and determinedly resist harmful tendencies and base content.
Article 7: Staff shall scrupulously abide by the professional ethics of the news sector, persist in the principle of news accuracy, earnestly examine and verify the sources of news information, republic news information published by work units with the State-provided sphere according to regulations, curb the editing and publication of fake Internet news information, and ensure that Internet news information is true, accurate, complete and objective.
Article 8: Staff may not engage in remunerated news activities. They may not use Internet news information collection, publication, republication or examination work facilities to engage in advertising, distribution, financial assistance, intermediary activities and other such commercial activities, in pursuit of improper gain. They may not use online public opinion supervision and other such work facilities to engage in blackmail and racketeering, to attack or retaliate and other such activities.
Chapter III: Staff education and training
Article 9: The State Internet Information Office organizes and executes education and training work for staff in Central news work units (including the work units whose shares they control) and Internet news information service work units under the charge of Central news and propaganda departments.
Provincial, autonomous region and municipal Internet information offices organize and execute education and training wok for local news work units (including the work units whose shares they control), work units under the charge of local news and propaganda departments, Internet news information service work units under the charge of other departments, as well as local channels of Central focus news websites.
Provincial, autonomous region and municipal Internet information offices shall, according to requirements, report the situation of the organization and execution of staff education and training work to the State Internet Information Office.
Article 10: Internet news information service work units shall establish and perfect staff education and training structures, establish training plans, strengthen training management, organize and execute initial staff training, speciality training, regular training and other such work themselves, and organize staff to participate in education and training work organized and executed by the State, provincial, autonomous region and municipal Internet information offices according to requirements.
Article 11: Staff shall, according to requirements, participate in education and training organized and executed by provincial, autonomous region and municipal Internet information offices, for a time no less than 40 study hours every three years.
Staff shall accept education and training organized and executed by the Internet news information service work unit where they are located itself, for a time no less than 40 study hours every year, and education and training concerning the Marxist view of news shall not be less than 10 hours.
Article 12: Staff education and training content shall include the Marxist view of news, important Party and State policy decisions, arrangements, policy measures and corresponding laws and regulations concerning cybersecurity and informatization, news and public opinion, staff professional ethics and norms, etc.
Article 13: Internet news information service work units organizing education and training for staff themselves shall accept guidance and supervision from State and local Internet information offices. Relevant matters shall be included in the supervision and inspection content by the State and local Internet information offices of the work unit in question.
Chapter IV: Staff supervision and management
Article 14: The State and local Internet information offices guide Internet news information service work units in establishing and completing staff entry, reward and punishment, assessment and withdrawal structures.
Internet news information service work units shall establish and complete staff labour personnel structures, strengthen employee management, regularly report information concerning staff according to requirements of the State and local Internet information offices, and timely report changes in staff circumstances.
Article 15: The State Internet Information Offices establishes a uniform management information system for staff, which will record staff’s basic information, employment training history and reward or punishment circumstances, and will timely update and adjust it. Local Internet information offices are responsible to establish management information systems for staff in their localities, to update and adjust it and timely report to the Internet information office of one level higher.
State and local Internet information offices will establish staff credit files and blacklists according to the law.
Article 16: Where staff engaging in internet news information service activities, violate the provisions of Articles 5 to 8 of these Rules, or act in another way in violation of relevant Party and State plans and policies concerning the news and public opinion area, the State, provincial, autonomous region or municipal Internet information office is responsible fir arranging a talk with the Internet news information service work unit to which they belong, and supervise the said work unit to strengthen management, education and training of the relevant staff.
Where staff acts in violation of the law, the matter will be handled according to relevant laws and regulations. Where it constitutes a crime, criminal liability will be prosecuted according to the law.
Where Internet news information service work units discover that staff acts in violation of the law, they shall, according to the law, issue them with a warning, discipline them, or cancel the employment contract or labour agreement, and within 15 working days, report the relevant circumstances to the State, provincial, autonomous region or municipal Internet information office according to the requirements of hierarchical management and localized management.
Article 17: The State and local Internet information offices will add the employment situation of Internet news information service work unit staff to the supervision and inspection content of the work unit in question.
Where Internet news information service work units do not forcefully manage staff, resulting in grave consequences, and resulting in their no longer being in conformity with licencing conditions, the State and local Internet information offices will handle the situation according to the relevant provisions of Article 23 of the “Internet News Information Service Management Regulations”.
Article 18: Staff providing Internet news information services shall consciously accept social supervision. Internet news information service work units shall establish reporting systems and open up channels for the social public’s supervision and reports.
Chapter V: Supplementary provisions
Article 19: Where the controlling and sponsoring work units of Internet news information service work units, or propaganda management departments, press, publications, radio, film and television have made arrangements or regulations concerning employee education, training and management work, those provisions shall be followed simultaneously.
Staff as mentioned in these Rules does not include persons who do not directly provide internet news information services in Internet news information service work units, such as staff in party affairs, human resources, administration, logistics, management, engineering and technology, etc.
Article 20: These Rules take effect on 1 December 2017.