Directives from the Ministry of Truth: Beijing Floods (2)
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 following directive was first posted on CDT Chinese on July 24, 2012:
Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China: Reduce the volume of reporting on the Beijing flood. Insist on positive reporting. Do not make critical reports or commentary.