Censorship Vault: Beijing Internet Instructions Series

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. China Copyright and Media has not verified the source.

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

(1) Anti-Chinese content from Indonesia (images and text), images of sky burials, any article concerning Liu Xiaobo or Yu Jie.

(2) Reports concerning the great fire in Karamay: let leaders walk first.

(3) Concerning the access system of Zhang Weiying [Note: Zhang Weiying, a professor at the Institute for International Relations at Renmin University, had advocated to set up a system regulating the access of rural migrants, as their “moral quality” [素质 suzhi] was deemed to be low, they would turn to crime due to unemployment, and would harm social safety].

(4) Notice from the Information Office, it is without exception not permitted to report on the conflagration that occurred on 5 March in Zhengzhou, Henan.

(5) Requirement of the Information Office, do not disseminate anything on anti-Japanese permanent Security Council membership signatures and resisting of Japanese goods, there may be no proposals and signatures on forums related to sponsoring a resistance of Japanese goods.

(6) Concerning the matter of a small numbers of criminals selling human bodies in Guangdong and Guangxi, no online reports may be made without exception, existing reports must be immediately deleted.

(7) On the case of the mistaken killing of Nie Shuwu in Hebei, corresponding information and news must be immediately screened out, no discussion is permitted.

(8) The letter of the Shanghai resident making 10.000 yuan per month but who cannot afford to buy a house to the Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng, and Han’s response.

(9) The incident of peasants opposing the pollution from a chemical plant in Dongyang, Zhejiang.

(10) Concerning the shootings of the offices of some of our country’s banks in Japan and the threatening letters received by our consulates in Japan, no reports are to be made without exception.

(11) Concerning the matter of where the equestrian events of the 2008 Beijing Olympics are to be organized, no reports are to be made without exception.

(12) Concerning whether or not the organization opening ceremony of the Money Forum at the Temple of Heaven damages cultural relics, no reports are to be made without exception.

(13) On the evening of 15 April, our embassy in Japan was raided by right-wingers, this information can absolutely not appear in news, on forums and on trackers.

(14) Concerning resisting Japanese goods and opposition to Japanese permanent Security Council membership, the content of demonstrations may not be reported.

(15) All comparisons of the present government and the late Qing government of the Li Hongzhang period must be deleted.

(16) Concerning posts on North Korea and Kim Jong-il, the extreme ones must be deleted.

17, “The Guangzhou 3000 Yuan Baby Soup,” this content must be deleted. (May 2005)







7、河北聂树斌被错杀案 相关的信息与新闻等务必马上清查,不许谈论。











These translated directives were first posted by Rogier Creemers on China Copyright and Media on November 8, 2012 (here).