Ministry of Truth: Hush on Maoming Corruption

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.

Guangdong Provincial Department of Propaganda: All media must strictly comply with the notice previously issued by the provincial Department of Propaganda not to report on the series of corruption cases in Maoming. (August 28, 2012)

广东省委宣传部:各媒体要严格落实省委宣传部此前下发的通知要求,不得报道茂名系列腐败案。

The city of Maoming has been under provincial scrutiny since May for years of rent-seeking behavior on the part of local officials. According to a May 24 Duowei report [zh], 24 provincial cadres and 218 county-level cadres are implicated for bribery and corruption.