Censorship Vault: 18th Party Congress and More

Editor’s Note: From the Censorship Vault features previously untranslated censorship instructions from the archives of the CDT series Directives from the Ministry of Truth (真理部指令). These instructions, issued to the media and/or Internet companies by various central (and sometimes local) government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. 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.

Henan Provincial Party Committee Department of Propaganda: Do not report on scamming in Anyang; all media must without exception neither comment on nor reprint the claim in China Times that Sany Heavy Industry C.E.O. Liang Wengen is engaged in politics or a candidate for the Standing Committee at the 18th Party Congress. Please notify digital publications and mobile news services of these directives. In addition: (1) Do not report on the city of Luoyang’s report to authorities concerning fake vouchers worth one yuan. (2) Ensure that you report in a positive, cheerful, economical and orderly manner during National Day. (October 1, 2011)

河南省委宣传部:安阳非法集资不报道;华夏时报刊登的关于三一重工总裁梁稳根从政或成十八大候补中央委员一事,各媒体一律不报道不评论、不转载。请通知到子报子刊网站及手机报。 补充: 1、关于洛阳市举报假发票奖励一元钱的事情不报道。2、国庆节期间按照欢乐、祥和、节俭、有序的办法做好报道。

Note: Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The original publication date is noted after the directives; the date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source.