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Right and Responsibilities of Foreign JournalistsI

(ipc.fmprc.gov.cn) Updated:2016-03-03

I. The legitimate rights and interests of the permanent offices of foreign media organizations and foreign journalists shall be respected and protected. The permanent offices of foreign media organizations and foreign journalists can ask for help from the Information Department, the local FAOs or other related authorities to safeguard their legitimate rights and interests.. 

II. The Information Department, the local FAOs and other related authorities will facilitate and support news coverage and reporting activities of foreign journalists carried out in accordance with law.

III. A resident foreign journalist or a foreign journalist for short-term news coverage shall apply for the Journalist Visa with a Chinese diplomatic mission abroad or a visa agency authorized by the Foreign Ministry. Foreign journalists with visa other than journalist visa such as L visa or F visa shall not engage in news coverage and reporting activities in China. 

A foreign journalist who intends to interview organizations or individuals in China needs to obtain their prior consent. IV. To conduct news coverage and reporting activities in places which are open to foreigners, foreign journalists do not need to apply to the local FAOs. However, foreign journalists shall not make interviews or take photographs in places which are not open to foreigners or have other special requirements, military forbidden zones, places which are not open to the public and places which have clear signs of forbidding interview and photography without approval.

V. A foreign journalist shall carry and present his Press Card (R) (resident foreign journalist) or Journalist Visa for Short Visit (J-2 Visa) (foreign journalist for short-term news coverage) to the organizations or individuals he interviews, local FAOs or public security staff when conducting news coverage activities.

VI. Permanent offices of foreign media organizations and foreign journalists shall abide by the laws, regulations and rules of China, observe the professional ethics of journalism, conduct news coverage and reporting activities on an objective and impartial basis, and shall not engage in activities which are incompatible with the nature of the organizations or the capacity as journalists.

VII. Foreign journalists shall neither engage in business activities nor work part-time for foreign embassies, consulates or other agencies in China.

VIII. Foreign journalists who make interviews against Chinese laws, regulations and rules shall be handled by the public security authorities in accordance with law.

 

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5. Martial Law of the People's Republic of China

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7. Law of the People's Republic of China on Regional National Autonomy

8. Customs Law of the People's Republic of China

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