Media told to toe the party line

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 August, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 August, 1997, 12:00am

State media have been ordered not to report issues that might lead to social unrest or a negative impact in the run-up to the 15th Party Congress in the autumn.

The Propaganda Department also asked the media to publish 'solemn, timely and comprehensive' reports on the party line as well as its main achievements since the last congress five years ago, said New York-based magazine China Times.

The department recently ordered the media not to carry reports on currency reforms since it was a sensitive and complicated issue, the magazine said.

State media was also told to consult the People's Bank of China - the central bank - before publishing reports on bad debts and other financial affairs.

It was to quote only official data provided by the bank in reports, not information from internal sources or from academic seminars, said the magazine.

The party has launched a national drive called 'Emphasise civilisation, set up new style' aimed at creating a more orderly environment.