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.
Bombing at Internet Bar Kaili
December 6, 2010
From the Guizhou provincial party propaganda bureau: For the number of people killed in the bombing of an internet bar in Guizhou, media outlets must follow the officially released figure (7 people) in their reporting.
Articles by Liu Xiaobo
December 4, 2010
From the Internet Management Office: All websites are asked to search for and delete the following articles by Liu Xiaobo, and related content.
1) “The Negative Effects of China’s Rise on Global Democratization”
2) “A Single-Bladed, Poisonous Sword: A Critique of Contemporary Nationalism in China”
3) “The Future Free China among the People”
4) “A Nation That Lies to its Conscience”
5) “The Sinking of a Great Nation: A Memo Written to China”
6) “A Continued Examination of the Brick Kiln Child Slave Case”
7) “The Chinese People Can Only Accept ‘Party-led Democracy’?”
8) “Reforming the Political Regime via Reforming Society”
9) “A Doomsday Survivor’s Soliloquy”
10) A Comprehensive Look at the “Draft Law on Responses [of Media to Breaking News]”
The Rabbit Torturing Incident
December 3, 2010
From the Internet Management Office: It is not permitted to further release videos related to the rabbit torturing incident.
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