Ministry of Truth: Mum on Slain Farmer

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.

Xinlongtai District Committee Department of Propaganda, Panjin, Liaoning Province: The shooting death by a police officer of the peasant Wang Shujie in Hou Ershili Village has been the subject of much discussion among cadres in our district, from which different voices have emerged. All Party committees (Party working committees) and leading Party groups are requested to appeal to the mass of cadres to act properly, heighten their awareness and neither comment on nor debate the incident. (September 23, 2012)

辽宁省盘锦兴隆台区委宣传部:关于后二十里村农民王树杰被警方开枪打死一事,此事发生后在全区干部群众中引起强烈反响,也出现不同声音。请各党委(党工委)、党组号召广大干部群众要正确对待,提高认识,不评论、不议论。