Regulations Concerning Foreign Journalists and Permanent Offices of Foreign News Agencies
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Regulations Concerning Foreign Journalists and Permanent Offices of Foreign News Agencies

January,1990

  (Translation)

  Decree of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, No.47

The Regulations Concerning Foreign Journalists and Permanent Offices of Foreign News Agencies were adopted by the 53rd Executive Meeting of the State Council on 11 January 1990 and is hereby issued for implementation.

Article 1

The Present Regulations are formulated for the purpose of promoting international exchanges and the dissemination of information and regulating the activities in China of foreign journalists and permanent offices of foreign news agencies so as to facilitate their journalistic work.

Article 2

The present Regulations shall apply to resident foreign correspondents, foreign reporters for short-term news coverage(both of whom are referred to as foreign journalists) and permanent offices of foreign news agencies.

Resident foreign correspondents refer to the career journalists dispatched by foreign news agencies, in accordance with the present Regulations, to be stationed in China for more than six months for news coverage and reporting.

Foreign reporters for short-term news coverage refer to the career journalists who come to China and stay for six months or less for news coverage and reporting in accordance with the present Regulations.

Permanent offices of foreign news agencies refer to branch offices with one or more staff members established in China by foreign news agencies for news coverage and reporting in accordance with the present Regulations.

Article 3

The Government of the People's Republic of China shall protect according to law the legitimate rights and interests of foreign journalists and of the permanent offices of foreign news agencies and provide them with facilities for their normal journalistic activities.

Foreign journalists and permanent offices of foreign news agencies must abide by the laws and regulations of the People's Republic of China.

Article 4

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as the Foreign Ministry) is the competent authority in charge of the foreign journalists and the permanent offices of foreign news agencies in China.

Article 5

Foreign news agencies wishing to send resident correspondents to China shall submit their applications to the Information Department of Foreign Ministry (hereinafter referred to as the Information Department). Their applications shall be signed by heads of their respective headquarters and shall contain the following elements and papers:

(1) Basic facts about the news agency concerned;

(2) The name, sex, age, nationality, position, curriculum vitae and the place of intended residence of correspondent to be sent;

(3) The career correspondent certificate of the said correspondent.

In case of one resident correspondent to be sent by two or more foreign news agencies, these agencies shall submit separate applications according to the provisions of the preceding paragraph and indicate in their respective applications the posts held concurrently by the said correspondent.

Article 6

Upon approval of the application, the resident foreign correspondent to be sent shall, within 7 days of his/her arrival in China, register with the Information Department on presentation of an appointment letter signed by head of the headquarters of the said news agency and his/her passport, and obtain his/her Foreign Journalist Card.

Resident foreign correspondents to reside in places beyond Beijing shall, within 7 days of their arrival in China, go through the procedures as prescribed by the preceding paragraph at the relevant foreign affairs offices of the local people's governments entrusted by the Information Department (hereinafter referred to as the authorities entrusted by the Information Department).

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