Ministry of Truth: In Assault Reports, No Xinhua Allowed

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: In reporting on the Guangzhou Yuexiu district standing committee member and military political commissar who assaulted a flight attendant, strictly adhere to the requirements previously issued by the Guangdong Provincial Department of Propaganda. Do not reprint related Xinhua copy. (September 2, 2012)

广东省委宣传部:关于越秀区常委武装部长殴打空姐一事,严格执行我部之前通知要求,不转载新华社相关稿件。