Latest Directives from the Ministry of Truth, October 22-November 7, 2010

The following examples of censorship instructions, issued to the media and/or Internet companies by various central (and sometimes local) government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to those instructions as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.” CDT has collected the selections we translate here from a variety of sources and has checked them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation.
The Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony
November 7, 2010

The 2010 Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony will take place on December 10.  All domestic media outlets are not permitted to report on this event.  All websites must strengthen content surveillance and management.  It is strictly forbidden to broadcast live audio or television programming, recorded broadcasts, excerpts, or related links connected to the awards ceremony.

360 and Tencent
November 4, 2010

Be cautious in reports and commentary regarding the conflict between 360 and Tencent.
[News Summary: Due to conflicts between 360 and Tencent caused by issues with software incursions, messaging among Chinese Internet users has been influenced.]

It is forbidden to broadcast interviews from Fenghuang Satellite Television
November 4, 2010
Interviews regarding Chen Lin broadcast by Fenghuang Satellite Television are not permitted.
[News Summary: In the afternoon of November 1, Fenghuang Satellite Television anchor Zeng Zimo gave a two-hour long face-to-face interview with Chen Ling, the elder brother of Chen Xiaofeng, who was killed in reckless driving incident at Hebei University.  After the interview was completed, the Propaganda Bureau censored it. 

It is forbidden to “hype” eight prominent news items
November 1, 2010

On October 28, the Central Propaganda Bureau issued the following notice to many media outlets in China: “All media outlets are to adopt effective measures, conscientiously strengthen internal management, strictly enforce propaganda regulations,

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4 Responses to Latest Directives from the Ministry of Truth, October 22-November 7, 2010

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  2. Robert says:

    Ministry of Truth? I bet Chinese firewalls can’t even read Orwell’s 1984, but these tasty bits gotta be hot on baidu

  3. Keir says:

    This is an invaluable service. Thank God I left China after 8 years of blocked websites, forced propaganda masquerading as education and tireless, black-and-white campaign slogans serving as news in a country where corruption is the norm and people learn to break the rules.
    I’ve added this link to my site.

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