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)