Directives from the Ministry of Truth: Zhou Kehua

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.

Propaganda Department: Continuing coverage of Zhou Kehua by all media and websites must be in accordance with Xinhua wire copy and official statements by the Ministry of Public Security. All media and websites must play down the story. Do not publish any further reports or commentary, particularly those concerning Zhou’s childhood and criminal motives.

中宣部:有关周克华的后续报道,各媒体及网站按新华社通稿和公安部权威公布的内容刊播,淡化处理,不再作其他报道和评论,特别是不对周克华的成长历程和犯罪原因进行分析评论。

There is a storm of discussion online and in the media of Zhou Kehua, the serial killer gunned down by Chongqing police this week. Some netizens speculate Zhou killed himself.