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.

2005年8月北京网管办发出的禁令

2005-8-26

1:关闭《反腐:万余领导干部主动上交现金等6000余万元》一文的新闻跟贴。原有的删除,论坛中不讨论。

2:搜索网站,如有”朝鲜对中国翻脸”相关文章做删除处理.
2005-8-23

标题:老人住院十日后被发现暴尸于医院天台 [组图] ,此文章内容是一老人死于西安高新医院后发生的医院和家属的暴力纠纷事件。此事件不准报,发现即删!!
2005-8-22

各位,浙江长兴煤山镇少数人利用群众最企业环保诉求情绪,趁机聚众闹事一事,目前事态已经平息.只许转载新华社通稿,论坛等互动栏目亦不得传播炒作此事。我们网站没有新闻资质,任何频道不转转载此新闻,请审核时看到立即删除!
2005-8-15

巩献田关于《物权法(草案)》公开信》各网站一律不得传播。《李大同就中国青年报新的考评办法致李而亮总编辑并编委会的公开信》及相关内容,要加强对论坛的检查,及时封堵和删除有关信息。

2005-8-13

黑龙江高检检察长自杀事件,不准报。
2005-8-13

凤凰网11日发了三篇稿子,标题分别为:1、日美拟借军演试探中国围堵中国走向海洋 2、日阻华东海采气 相关人士指出中日年内或动武 3、中国前驻日外交官:中日年内或因东海纷争动武。与此相关的内容及网友讨论一律删除.
2005-8-11

“中国十大最差城市”此文纯属境外造假,一律删除。

“广电总局关于进一步加强广播电视频道管理的通知”一文要删除。
2005-8-7

关于湖北省黄石市发生群众冲击黄石市委市政府大楼的事件,网站一律不报,论坛中相关信息一律删除。
2005-8-2

1.网上有关复转军人的相关信息。(提到待遇和相关复转制度的要删)

2.境内网上股民关注热点、评论以及煽动、鼓动网民进行集会、游行的相关信息。(除煽动集会游行外可不删)

3.网上涉日、保钓组织、人员的活动动向。(言词激进的破坏中日关系的)

4.网上有关工人、农民维权、上访的相关信息。(事情原因与政府有关系的删)

5.网上藏独、疆独活动信息,东突分子策划50周年大庆之际进行恐怖活动。(凡有与此信息的删除)

6.网上关于网络实名制的相关信息。(正面保留,负面的删)

7.网上对于四川不明原因疾病相关信息的关注。(以前不管,对于这周的恶意炒作的删)

8.境外网站对南海农民土地维权问题的关注,以及境内网的关注程度。(与政府相冲突的删,其他先不删,但要上报)

9.网上有关下岗工人维权以及三农问题的相关信息。

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