Ministry of Truth: Bo Xilai

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.

State Council Information Office: Use only official wire copy from Xinhua in reporting on Bo Xilai’s placement under prosecutorial investigation. Do not put this news above the fold. Do not independently report or comment on the issue. (October 26, 2012)


State Council Information Office: In reporting on the termination of Bo Xilai’s post as NPC deputy, use only official wire copy from Xinhua. Do not put this news above the fold. Do not independently report or comment on the issue. (October 26, 2012)


Central Propaganda Department: Strictly adhere to Xinhua copy in reporting on the seventh plenum of the 17th Central Committee. Do not use any other sources. (November 1, 2012)


The plenum, convened November 1-4, endorsed the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau’s decision in September to expel former Chongqing Party Chief Bo Xilai from the Communist Party. Read more about the proceedings from CDT.

Translation by Mengyu Dong.