Ministry of Truth: Anti-Japanese Protests

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 of the Communist Party of China: Do not comment on the Japanese landing on the Diaoyu Islands. Play down the anti-Japanese demonstrations that have happened in certain cities over the last few days. All media must without exception use Xinhua wire copy. Do not publish photos of vandalism during the protests. (August 21, 2012)