Censorship Vault: Beijing Internet Instructions Series (5)

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 , the directives were issued by the Beijing Municipal Network Propaganda Management Office and the State Council Internet management departments and provided to to by insiders. has not verified the source.

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

17 October 2005

I. There are to be no online reports concerning the matter of Guangzhou laborers blocking the road and demanding salaries without exception, already published matters must be immediately removed, communities and forums may not discuss this.

Concerning the case, without authorization, there is to be no more online reporting, communities and forums may not discuss this.

II. Concerning network propaganda after Koizumi visits the Yasukuni Shrine:

(1) Websites having news publishing qualifications must timely and correctly transmit the declarations of our country’s government.

(2) Concerning reports on issues involving Japan, websites are only to transmit the corresponding reports and commentaries of the People’s Daily and Xinhua, without permission, no copy from any other source may be used, and especially information from foreign media may not be edited and issued.

(3) Management over forums, news posts, chat rooms, short mobile message information, instant communication groups, etc. must be strengthened, forum posts must be examined first and issued afterwards without exceptions, harmful information of rumor fabrication, rumor dissemination, inciting demonstrations and rallies, organizing signings, attacking the Party and government as well as our foreign policies, etc., is to be deleted without exception.

13 October 2005

The Network Supervision Office today notified: because of the “graduate student” registration work as well as news reports concerning the “adult higher education examination,” etc., many information related to “sharpshooters sitting the exam,” “online question selling,” etc., has emerged in large numbers, websites are requested to strengthen supervision and control on information in this aspect, as soon as it is discovered, report it upwards together with the daily post deletion situation.

11 October 2005

(1) Concerning online reporting requirements on the “ Company Arson Incident.”

Reports concerning the arson incident in the Dongqian Company, Shanghai, must not be played up by any website, do not set up special subjects, forums are also not to discuss this anymore, existing discussions are to be removed without exception. Management over forums and news trackers must be strengthened, discussions that are wantonly accusatory, distorted or inflammatory must be timely deleted.

(2) Concerning instructions on not transmitting two articles on “ Seeks to Be Under Provincial Governance.”

All websites may not transmit the two inaccurate articles published by the “Caijing Times” on 7 October, “County Level Is ‘Losing Blood,’ Tengzhou Seeks Provincial Governance” and “How Long Is the Wait for a ‘Provincially-Managed County’?,” already transmitted matters must be removed as soon as possible, it may not be discussed in forums. All websites must strengthen management over forums, and timely block or delete corresponding harmful information.

(3) Concerning instructions on online propaganda on the “ Typhoon Disaster Situation”

Concerning reporting the Fujian typhoon disaster situation, all websites may not play this up, are to use copy from main central and local news work units, and are to handle it as an ordinary news item. Management over forums and news trackers must be strengthened, timely block all sorts of harmful information of rumor fabrication, rumor dissemination, incitement, etc.

Concerning the requirements on online reporting of the “Especially Large Fire on 2 October in Some Armed Police Camp in Fujian,” all websites are only to use Xinhua copy, it is strictly prohibited to use information from any other source, do not set up news trackers, forums may not discuss this. Management must be further strengthened, timely block up and delete , inciting organizations to “appeal” and all other sorts of harmful information.

11 October 2005

Focus points for supervision and control this week:

(1) All online comments aimed at the 10th National Games, the 5th Asia-Pacific City Mayor Summit and the Second China- Exhibition, as well as information all sorts of mass incidents, sudden incidents and other matters influencing social stability during those times.

(2) Domestic and foreign online information related to the Chongqing Special Steel labor strike incident, the rights defense incident of the Chongqing Special Steel laborers, the case of the Shanbei People-Run Oil case and all other rights defense activities and mass-type incidents.

(3) All sorts of online comments aimed at the 5th Plenum of the and all sorts of information during that time on mass incidents, sudden incidents and other information influencing social stability.

(4) Domestic and foreign information playing up the Guangdong Taishi village case.

(5) Domestic and foreign information on activities and persons related to Japan’s preserving the .

6 October 2005

Delete the article titled “Police Chase Police to Kill Them–Only Because Reporting that the Police Commissioner Supports Mistress Police Officer,” its content is that officer Xu Jian from the Qinhuangdao City Public Security Bureau Port Office’s Second Criminal Section, because the wife of the Public Security Bureau Commissioner let him kill a mistress police officer supported by the Commissioner, reported this to the relevant provincial authorities after refusing.

5 October 2005

Everyone: on the case of relevant personnel of Beiqing Media being arrested, only report copy from central focus websites, do not let it on website main pages, do not issue it in the important news section, do not create special subjects, corresponding links, short messages or trackers, forums are not to discuss this.

3 October 2005

Everyone: Camp 1 of the Fujian Armed Police is destroyed by a typhoon, a number of personnel is missing, all websites are to use Xinhua copy without exception: auditing departments announced the auditing report results of 32 departments, report the vigorous reform situation of all work units more. Also, on 4 October, on 12:29, information is received: trackers must examine first and post later, and only positive discussion can be issues, forums are to be strictly managed.

2005年10月北京网管办发出的禁令
2005年10月17日

一、

有关广州工人堵路讨薪事网上一律不报道,已转载的要立即撤除,公社及论坛中都不要讨论。

有关王斌余案,未经授权,网上不再报道,公社及论坛中都不要讨论。

二、

关于小泉参拜靖国神社后的网络宣传

1、具有登载新闻资质的网站要及时、准确地转发我国政府对此事的表态。

2、有关涉日问题的报道,网站只转发人民日报和新华社的相关报道和评论,未经允许,不得使用其他任何来源的稿件,尤其不得编发境外媒体的消息。

3、要加强对论坛、新闻跟帖、聊天室、手机短信息、即时通讯群组等的管理,论坛帖文一律先审后发,对造谣、传谣、煽动示威游行和集会、组织签名、攻击党和政府以及我对外政策等各类有害信息一律删除。
2005-10-13

网监处今日通知:由于近日“研究生”报名工作以及“成人高考”等考试方面新闻报道。网上出现大量关于“枪手代考”、“网上卖题”等相关信息,请网站加强这方面信息的监控,一经发现随每日删贴情况及时上报。
2005-10-11

1、关于“上海动迁公司纵火事件”的网上报道要求

有关上海动迁公司纵火事件的报道,各网站不要炒作,不开设专题,论坛也不再讨论,现有讨论一律撤除。要加强对论坛和新闻跟帖的管理,对肆意攻击、歪曲、煽动性言论要及时删除。

2、关于不转载《滕州谋求省辖》等两篇文章的提示

各网站不要转载《财经时报》10月7日登载的《县域“失血” 滕州谋求省辖》和《“省管县”还要等多久?》等两篇失实文章,已转载的要尽快撤除,论坛中不讨论。各网站要加强对论坛的管理,及时封堵删除相关有害信息。

3、关于“福建台风灾情”网上宣传提示

有关福建台风灾情的报道,各网站不要炒作,只使用中央和地方主要新闻单位的稿件,做一般新闻处理。要加强对论坛和新闻跟帖的管理,及时封堵删除造谣、传谣、煽动等各类有害信息。

关于“‘10?2’武警福建某营地特大灾害”事网上报道要求,各网站只使用新华社通稿,严禁使用其他任何来源消息,不开设新闻跟帖,论坛也不讨论。要进一步加强管理,及时封堵删除散布谣言、煽动组织“上诉”等各类有害信息。
2005-10-11

本周监控重点

1:网上各种针对十运会、第五界亚太城市市长峰会、第二届中国-东盟博览会的评论及期间各种群体性事件、突发事件等影响社会稳定的信息。

2:境内外网上有关重庆特钢工人罢工事件、重特钢工人维权事件、陕北民营石油案等各类维权活动、群体性事件的信息。

3:网上各种针对十六届五中全会的评论及会议期间各种群体性事件、突发事件等影响社会稳定的信息。

4:境内外网上炒作广东太石村案的相关信息

5:境内外有关涉日保钓的相关活动和人员信息。
2005-10-6

删除标题为《警察追杀警察 只因举报公安局长包养二奶警察》的文章,其内容为秦皇岛市公安局海港分局原刑警二队侦察员徐健,因为公安局局长夫人让他杀局长包的二奶警察被拒绝后向省里有关部门做了举报的文章。
2005-10-5

各位:北青传媒有关人员被捕一事,只发中央重点网站稿件,不上网站首页,不发要闻区,不做专题,相关链接,短信,跟帖,论坛不讨论。

2005-10-3

各位:福建武警一营地被台风冲毁,部分人员失踪,各网站一律用新华社通稿:审计署公布32个部门审计报告结果,多报道各单位积极整改情况。另外10月4日12:29收到消息:跟帖必须先审后发且只发正面言论,论坛严格管理。

These translated directives were first posted by Rogier Creemers on China Copyright and Media on November 12, 2012 (here).