Censorship Vault: Beijing Internet Instructions Series (3)

In partnership with the China Copyright and Media blog, CDT is adding the “Beijing Internet Instructions” series to the Censorship Vault. These directives were originally published on Canyu.org (Participate) and date from 2005 to 2007. According to Canyu, the directives were issued by the Beijing Municipal Network Propaganda Management Office and the State Council Internet management departments and provided to to Canyu by insiders. has not verified the source.

The translations are by Rogier Creemers of China Copyright and Media.

26 August 2005

(1) Close news trackers on “Anti-Corruption: More than 10,000 Leading Cadres Actively Handed Over More than 60 Million Yuan in Cash, Etc.” Existing ones are to be deleted, it is not to be discussed.

(2) Search websites, if there are articles such as “North Korea’s Fall-out with China,” these are to be deleted.

23 August 2005

Heading: Corpse of Old Person Discovered Exposed on Hospital Roof, Ten Days After Hospitalization (Images), the content of this article is about an incident of a violent struggle between the hospital and relatives after an old person died in Xi’an Gaoxin Hospital. This incident may not be reported, if discovered, immediately delete it!!

22 August 2005

Everyone, a small number of people in Meishan Town, Changxing, Zhejiang used the masses’ emotions of appealing to enterprises to protect the environment, and took advantage to create a mass disturbance, at present, the situation has already calmed down. It is only permitted to reprint Xinhua copy, forums and other interactive columns may also not disseminate or play up this matter. Our websites do not have news qualifications, no channel may disseminate this news, please immediately delete this when examining and verifying matters.

18 August 2005

Gong Xiantian’s “Open Letter on the ‘Property Law’ (Draft)” may not be reprinted by any website without exception. Concerning “Li Datong’s Open Letter on the China Youth Daily’s New Assessment Methods to Editor-in-chief Li Erliang and the Editorial Committee” and corresponding content inspection of forums must be strengthened, and relevant information timely blocked and deleted.

13 August 2005

The incident of the Heilongjiang Higher Procuratorate Director’s suicide may not be reported.

13 August 2005

Phoenix Net issued three articles on the 11th, with the respective titles: (1) Japan and the U.S. Plan to Use Military Exercises to Probe China and Encircle China’s March to the Oceans; (2) Japan Blocks China’s Gas Exploration in the East China Sea, Related Persons Point Out China and Japan May Come to Blows Within the Year; (3) Chinese Ex-diplomat in Japan: China and Japan May Come to Blows Within the Year Because of the East China Sea Dispute. Content corresponding to this and netizen discussion must be deleted without exception.

11 August 2005

“China’s Ten Worst Cities,” this article is pure foreign fabrication, and is to be deleted without exception.

The article “SARFT Notice concerning Further Strengthening Radio and Television Channel Management” must be deleted.

7 August 2005

Concerning the mass attack on the Huangshi Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government building that took place in Huangshi City, Hubei Province, networks may not report without exception, corresponding information on forums is to be deleted without exception.

2 August 2005

(1) Online information related to demobilized military personnel. (Information referring to treatment and corresponding demobilization systems must be deleted.)

(2) Domestic online information concerning hotspots and commentaries that shareholders pay attention to, as well as information concerning inciting and arousing netizens to conduct rallies and demonstrations. (Apart from incitement of rallies and demonstrations, it is permitted to not delete this.)

(3) Online matters related to Japan, activities and trends of organizations and individuals to protect the Diaoyu Islands. (Where language is radical and destructive to the Sino-Japanese relationship.)

(4) Online information related to rights defense and petitioning by workers and peasants. (To be deleted where the cause of the matter is related to the government.)

(5) Online information on activities concerning Tibetan independence and Xinjiang independence, East Turkestanists planning terror activities during the 50th anniversary celebrations. (All pieces containing this information are to be deleted.)

(6) Online information concerning network real-name systems. (Maintain the positive side, delete the negative side.)

(7) Online interest paid to information concerning the Sichuan illness that has no clear cause. (Do not manage the past, delete the pieces maliciously playing this up this week.)

(8) Foreign websites’ attention paid to peasant land rights defense at the South China Sea, as well as the level of domestic attention. (Those clashing with the government are to be deleted, others are provisionally not to be deleted, but must be reported.)

(9) Online information related to unemployed laborers’ rights defense as well as the issue of the Three Rurals.





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These translated directives were first posted by Rogier Creemers on China Copyright and Media on November 10, 2012 (here).