Ministry of Truth: Absconding Liaoning Official
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.
Urgent Notice from the Liaoning Provincial Department of Propaganda: Do not conduct interviews, report or comment on the case of Fengcheng City Party Secretary Wang Guoqiang leaving the country without authorization. (August 26, 2012)
According to Radio France Internationale [zh], Wang Guoqiang is rumored to have fled the country with a large sum of money to evade a corruption investigation. He is thought to have siphoned funds from heating bills. Since Kaite Group bought the local thermoelectric plant, the city has gone without heat for two winters, while still charging residents for “maintenance.”