Censorship Vault: Beijing Internet Instructions Series (9)

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 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 .

28 February 2006

Please remove the report “Drunken Police Officer in Fushun, Liaoning, Who Beat Taxi Driver to Death and Threw Body into the Wild Convicted to Death” to the back stage tomorrow.

Concerning the matter of business proprietor rights defense in Huanan New City, Guangzhou, if there is harmful information inciting mass incidents in forums, please delete it.

All websites must earnestly implement the requirements of not engaging in online civil mediation revolving around the “Two Sessions,” and not to jointly report on matters with traditional media.

Please acknowledge receipt, thank you.

21 February 2006

Last Friday, propaganda requirements concerning the new countryside construction have been transmitted to everyone, everyone is requested to perform matters according to the notifications at the meeting, and make timely and prominent propaganda on the front pages of websites. Please acknowledge receipt, thank you.

A notice from Fan Tao was received:

1, Please issue the text Scientifically Exploring the Issue of the Scale of Chinese Government Officials that was recently published on People’s Daily online in a clear position on the front page of websites, transfer it onto and recommend it on forums, the title may not be changed when reprinting. Please strengthen management over trackers and forums at the same time, guide corresponding discussion well, timely delete harmful discussion. Please acknowledge receipt, thank you.

2. Today, there is a piece of information called “Many Household Heads Create Uproar with the Tianhe District Government, Guangzhou, Threatening with Suicide,” all websites are requested to not adopt this, where it has already been transmitted, please delete it immediately!

17 February 2006

Notice concerning reporting the postal structure reform and postal legal revision work:

The revision of the “Postal Law” is extremely sensitive and complex, it involves a broad scope and many personnel, and some professional areas directly involve national information security. To report postal structure reform, the revision of the “Postal Law” and other major issues websites are only to use Xinhua copy, and are strictly prohibited to use copy from other sources, forums are also not to discuss this. No reports may be transferred without exception on “news conferences” organized by people-run or foreign-invested rapid delivery companies and distributed information and copy. Management over news forums, news trackers, blogs and other interactive columns must be strengthened, timely remove information not corresponding to the above requirements.

(2) Do not play up the incident in which our engineers were attacked in Pakistan. Report more on the domestic concern and regard on this matter, and the work done by our corresponding departments, appropriately report the efforts made by the Pakistani side in arresting the murderers. Only transfer copy from Xinhua, People’s Daily and other main central news work units, forums may not discuss this, strengthen management over interactive columns, inciting discussions and other harmful content must be timely deleted.

10 February 2006

Received a notice from Fan Tao: The issue of finished petroleum product price changes may not be reported or played up without approval!

10 February 2006

All websites may without exception not report the so-called “new share distribution and marketization management rules,” it may not be discussed in forums, please strictly implement requirements!

9 February 2006

Recently, some websites greatly played up the matter of the so-called “prostitute diary” of a Hunan lady university student, gravely violating social morals, this must be firmly stopped. Websites may not transmit information and comments on the so-called “prostitute diary,” forums may also not discuss this, corresponding online articles, comments and posts must be immediately deleted.

9 February 2006

Concerning the “Denmark cartoon” incident, all websites are requested to not set up special subjects, do not set up trackers, please use Xinhua copy when transmitting. Please acknowledge receipt, thank you!

5 February 2006

Concerning the matter of European newspaper cartoons triggering Muslim protests, begin to cool this down, do not play it up, only transmit central focus news website copy for corresponding reporting, do not make large headlines, control tracker numbers within 200 items, do not conduct VIP interviews, if there are reports on reflections from domestic Muslims, they are not to be published without exception.









1.请在网站首页明显位置转发人民网近日刊登的《科学地探讨中国政府公务员规模问题》一文(文章链 接:http://politics.people.com.cn/GB/1026/4124916.html),并在论坛转发、推荐,转发时不要更改标 题。请同时加强对跟帖和论坛的管理,引导好相关评论,及时删除有害言论。收到请回复,谢谢。

2.今天有一篇消息“多名家长大闹广州天河区政府 以自杀相威胁(图)”请各网站不要采用,已经转载的,请即可删除!


《邮政法》的修订十分敏感、复杂,涉及范围广,人员多,有些业务领域直接涉及国家信息安全。有关邮政体制改革和《邮政法》修订等重大问题的报道,网 站只使用新华社通稿,严禁使用其他来源稿件,论坛也不讨论。对民营、外资速递公司举办的“新闻发布会”和散发的消息、稿件,一律不得转载报道。要加强对新 闻论坛、新闻跟贴、博客等互动栏目的管理,及时撤除与上述要求不符的相关信息。







These translated directives were first posted by Rogier Creemers on on November 16, 2012 (here).