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.
The following directives were all issued by the Guangdong Department of Propaganda. CDT published three other directives from this source on November 7.
Guangdong Department of Propaganda: Do not report or comment on the situation concerning East China Normal University professor Zhang Xuezhong. (November 8, 2012)
Zhang, a professor at the Shanghai university’s law school, was barred from teaching undergraduates in September after writing about the plan to introduce patriotism classes into Hong Kong schools [zh]. (Protests lead the plan to be scrapped.) Zhang’s Sina and Tencent Weibo accounts were deleted in early October, but he has “reincarnated” and continues to post on the microblogging platforms. He wrote the following weibo on Tencent on November 8:
ZhangXuezhong: Without democracy, we cannot contain corruption; if we cannot contain corruption, we cannot improve people’s lives; if we do not improve people’s lives, social development is out of the question. The root of all problems lies in our lack of democracy; the solution to all these problems lies
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