Congress reporters are advised to be cheerleaders for the unity of the nation Mainland journalists were yesterday told to provide positive coverage of the 15th Congress of the Chinese Communist Youth League (CCYL), which starts today. Even before the congress began, party officials advised reporters how to describe the main themes of the event: Jiang Zemin's Three Representatives theory and the country's triumph over Sars. Journalists from youth newspapers who are known for aggressive reporting, were told at a press briefing to take a positive approach in covering the event. Reports in mainland media on the opening and closing ceremonies are limited to what is produced by Xinhua, and most stories will be reviewed by party officials before publication. Zhao Yong, secretary of the CCYL Secretariat, urged journalists to take on a cheerleading role, saying: 'Reporters must perform their duty of gatekeepers, report on the positive and contribute to the unity and stability of society.' President Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Communist Party since last November, headed the CCYL in the early 1980s and his ascension to power has brought more attention to the organisation. But the warning to journalists will ensure that little will be written about what takes place during the meetings other than what has been officially approved. Mr Zhao said the CCYL should applaud the campaign to study the Three Representatives. He said the congress would also highlight the role of the Communist Party in overcoming Sars. Mr Zhao said mainland journalists covering the congress must follow the instruction of Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Politburo in charge of ideology. Reporting should be 'close to the people, close to the reality and close to the times'. The congress had been planned for May 10 but was postponed because of the Sars outbreak. It will be the largest in its history, with 1,539 delegates taking part.