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.
These directives were collected by CDT Chinese between July 31 and August 3.
Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China: Do not reprint, report or comment on the Internet rumor concerning the RMB 450,000 meal for 15 Olympic officials in London.
Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China: Without exception, do not report on Kazakh weight lifting gold medalist Maiya Maneza (Yao Li).
Maneza (Yao Li) and Zulfiya Chinshanlo (Zhao Changling), female weight lifters who won gold for Kazakhstan, are both originally from China.
Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China: In reporting on the London Olympics, do not raise the issue of the “national system” [of sports training] again. Except for commentary in specified media, do not challenge or speculate on the system.
Guangdong Provincial Department of Propaganda: (1) We emphasize once again that reporting and commentary on the nationalized sports system must stop. (2) Strictly follow the specifications of the wire copy [of state-owned media] in reporting on the Guangzhou leadership working group’s announcement of a trial program for regulating the number of small- and mid-sized vehicles. Do not call the program into question or make commentary on it.
On July 31, the city of Guangzhou announced a new initiative to limit the number of vehicles on the road [zh]. During the trial period, drivers enter
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