Beijing Flood Censorship Directives

The following example of censorship instructions, issued to the media and/or Internet companies by various central (and sometimes local) government authorities, has 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.

State Council Information Office: Some changes have occurred today in the online discussion of the Beijing flood: challenges and calls for accountability have markedly increased, while some people have seized the opportunity to attack the Party and the government, as well as the social system. We request that all websites boost their manpower and do everything possible to clean out harmful information on the Beijing flood. Attention: Leave untouched general messages calling the situation into question, but diligently erase those which are malicious and hostile. Furthermore, judging from the current situation, online discussion of the “7.23” anniversary has clearly heated up, and a number of malicious and hostile messages have appeared. Measures must be taken to delete messages which use this issue to attack the Party and the government, as well as the social system. Related discussions must be played down. Websites must not actively recommend and promote these messages. (July 23, 2012)