Ministry of Truth: Bankruptcy and More

The following examples of censorship instructions, issued to the media and/or Internet companies by various central (and sometimes local) government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to those instructions as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.” CDT has collected the selections we translate here from a variety of sources and has checked them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation.

Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The original publication date is noted after the directives; the date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source.
Guangdong Propaganda Department: All media and websites are not to report or comment for the time being on the bankruptcy of Zhanjiang City’s Jia Yue Group (subsidiaries include Sovereign Hotel in Zhanjiang, Jia Yue Real Estate and others) and related issues. (November 22, 2012)
Guangdong Propaganda Department: All media are for the time being not to report or comment on the announced financial audit of Haizhou Village in Guzhen, Zhongshan and related issues. If it must be reported, at the appointed time follow the authoritative information issued by the relevant departments in Zhongshan. (November 23, 2012)
Guangdong Propaganda Department: All media are not to report or comment on Chinese Academy of Science Guangzhou Institute for New Techniques in Geology research fellow Xing Xinchu petitioning for government information to be made public and related issues. (November 23, 2012)
Guangdong Department of Propaganda: On the afternoon of November 23, while working jointly with the relevant functional departments on Xiatang West Road to deal with the
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One Response to Ministry of Truth: Bankruptcy and More

  1. Will says:

    Since even the Guangdong Propaganda Department seems on pins and needles about these news stories, you can imagine how nervous the battalions of propaganda officials in less prosperous regions of the country are. It’s as if the very weeds and shrubs are all enemy soldiers poised to attack the fragile one-party dictatorship.