GAPP: Journalists Will Be Taken To Task For Misconduct

April 21, 2009 | Print | Email Email | Comments | Category: Law & Order

China's General Administration of Press and Publication recently issued a circular, which requires newspaper publishers to enhance their management of content editing and to take practical measures to prevent false reports.

GAPP asks news publishers to blacklist and give a warning to journalists who have been found to write inaccurate reports, revoke the journalist's certificate of those that are involved in a serious case and remove them from news work; and banning from reporting for life those who are found to be guilty of "dire misconduct".

GAPP says that news publishers should conduct a thorough review of candidates for their news editing positions and not hire anyone who has a previous record of providing false reports and was paid to report news or made illegal profit by taking advantage of their duties. GAPP states that news publishers shall verify a piece of news before publishing or republishing it.

The circular stresses that news publishers shall set up a mechanism on assigning responsibilities on this regard.

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