The Latest Directives from the Ministry of Truth (Updated)

Picture 4The Ministry of Truth (or Minitrue, in Newspeak) is one of the four ministries that govern Oceania in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In the Chinese blogosphere, it is the online lingo for the Central Propaganda Department and generally speaking, all other subordinate propaganda agencies including Internet supervision departments.

Today, it’s been said that news does not break, it tweets. For the officials in the the Ministry of Truth, the news is that their supposedly confidential instructions get tweeted as well. CDT selected the following tweets about propaganda orders handed down to websites by various departments, which have been leaked and paraphrased by Twitterers between August 15 to 25, translated by CDT:

The Latest Directives from the Ministry of Truth:

– China Daily’s recent actions have been problematic and have resulted in the paper being criticized by name. China Daily’s report on the mass trials of Xinjiang suspects “seriously departed from facts” and it is forbidden to republish it.

– It is forbidden to report on the “Journey of the Berlin Wall” activity held by the German Embassy and other activities commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall which involve poisoning our ideological sphere and propagating Western democracy and freedom. Any related reports that are published will be immediately removed.

– Negative reports on website homepages and news center websites (all pages and all sections) must not exceed 30%. Additionally, these reports must not be concentrated on any specific region. The network management will perform checks, and those who do fail to meet targets will “be strictly dealt with.”

– Please immediately remove the Beijing News report on the Ministry of Civil Affairs’ response to reports about the flow of earthquake relief donations from the front page and from any prominent positions of inner pages and close all comments. Related postings in news and current affairs forums must be filtered. Original article

通知: 1.国庆期间各单位务必加大全局性新闻的宣传力度,做好主流信息的宣传工作。 2.评论员发文指标要执行到位,考核以量化统计为重要依。 3.切实提高监管效率,社政类文章应随时查阅、处理。
Notice: 1. During the National Day period, all work units must strengthen the propaganda level of the overall news, carry out propaganda work of mainstream information. 2. Commentators’ posts must adhere to the targets in place by using quantitative statistics as a basis for examination. 3. Earnestly raise the rate of supervision effectiveness. Read and deal with social and political articles in a timely manner.

– During the National Day period, news about environmental pollution or blood poisoning, official corruption or cadres who are relieved of their duties, or traffic accidents must not be published on the front page of news sections. At the same time, remove any social channel forums from the front pages of websites or news portals; rapidly remove any negative news from the front page and keep breaking news, domestic news and society news at a low position.

– As for 60th anniversary columns that take a look back in history, immediately “fast forward,” do not allow articles that “keep dwelling on the 60s and 70s.” Look back immediately starting from 1978, with the main subjects of development and progress.

– At this crucial period, when reporting on mass incidents, all media must quote from Xinhua News Agency and People’s Daily articles, and are not allowed to carry unauthorized interviews or publish or reproduce contents that have not been approved.

– For mass incidents, only use content originally published by Xinhua News Agency, People’s Daily or other provincial-level party papers for your sources. Only report the two ends of the incident — the start of the incident, and the handling of the incident.

– During National Day period, do not republish reports from Southern Weekend, Southern Metropolis Daily, Beijing News, or Beijing Times. Do not publish positive or negative reports from these papers.

– All websites need to use bright red color to promote a celebratory atmosphere for National Day, “roll out the red carpet,” and quickly create a lively, celebratory, and glorious mood. Additionally, there will be inspections, and those who fail to meet targets will “be severely dealt with.”

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– Every search engine please point the following keyword search results to the “white list,” effective immediately:
“CCTV Building, Joke” “CCTV Porn Joke” “Chengdu Commercial News, CCTV, Joke” “Chengdu Commercial News, Lei Lei, CCTV” “CCTV New Building Designer” “CCTV New building designer admits” “CCTV big pants designer” “Koolhass, CCTV”, “CCTV sex organ” “CCTV designer admits” “CCTV building, sex organ”