Full Text: Measures for Administering
the Release of News and Information in China by Foreign News
BEIJING, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Xinhua News Agency on
Sunday promulgated a set of measures to regulate the release of news and
information in China by foreign news agencies and the subscription of such news
and information by users in China and to promote the dissemination of news and
information in a sound and orderly manner.
Xinhua News Agency formulated the Measures for
Administering the Release of News and Information in China by Foreign News
Agencies in accordance with national laws, administrative regulations and the
relevant regulations of the State Council.
With 22 articles, the Measures go into effect as of
the date of promulgation.
Xinhua News Agency, as China's state news agency, is
the legally authorized institution to exercise unified administration over the
release of news and information in China by foreign news agencies.
According to the Decision of the State Council on
Establishment of Administrative Licenses for Items Subject to Administrative
Examination and Approval That Need to Be Retained, foreign news agencies shall
be subject to approval by Xinhua News Agency for releasing their news and
information in China, and shall have entities designated by Xinhua News Agency
act as their agents. Foreign news agencies shall not directly solicit
subscription of their news and information services in China.
The Measures state that news and information released
in China by foreign news agencies shall not contain any of the following that
-- violate the basic principles enshrined in the
Constitution of the People's Republic of China;
-- undermine China's national unity, sovereignty and
-- endanger China's national security, reputation and
-- violate China's religious policies or preach evil
cults or superstition;
-- incite hatred and discrimination among ethnic
groups, undermine their unity, infringe upon their customs and habits, or hurt
-- spread false information, disrupt China's economic
and social order, or undermine China's social stability;
-- propagate obscenity and violence, or abet crimes;
-- humiliate or slander another person, or infringe
upon the legitimate rights and interests of another person;
-- undermine social ethics or the fine cultural
traditions of the Chinese nation;
-- include other content banned by Chinese laws and
The Measures say Xinhua News Agency has the right to
select the news and information released by foreign news agencies in China and
shall delete any materials mentioned in the items above.
"To subscribe to news and information services of
foreign news agencies, a user in China shall sign a subscription agreement with
a designated entity and shall not, by any means, directly subscribe to,
translate, edit or publish the news and information released by a foreign news
agency," according to the Measures.
In using news and information from a foreign news
agency, the user in China shall clearly indicate the sources and shall not
transfer them to another party in any form, the Measures say.
The Measures make detailed regulations on a foreign
news agency's legal credentials in its home country or region, the requirements
of releasing news and information in China, release application procedures, and
on the distribution of foreign news and information undertaken by designated
entities in China.
The Measures also specify penalties for violations in
the releasing, distributing or using of news and information from a foreign news
agency in China.
If a foreign news agency violates the Measures, for
example, Xinhua News Agency shall give it a warning, demand rectification within
a prescribed time limit, suspend its release of specified content, suspend or
cancel its qualifications for releasing news and information in China.
Xinhua News Agency shall impose disciplinary penalty
on violations by a staff member who, for example, fails to perform his duties of
supervision and administration, or abuses his powers.
These Measures shall be applied mutatis mutandis to
release of news and information on the mainland by news agencies and other news
and information releasing entities of the nature of a news agency in the Hong
Kong Special Administrative Region, Macao Special Administrative Region and
The Methods for the Exercise of Administration over
Publication in China of Economic Information by Foreign News Agencies and Their
Information Subsidiaries, promulgated by Xinhua News Agency on April 15, 1996,
are repealed simultaneously. Enditem