Ministry of Truth: Ningbo Protests

The following example of censorship instructions, issued to the media and/or Internet companies by various central (and sometimes local) government authorities, has 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.

A boy in Ningbo wants to “grow up healthy” and PX-free.

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.

Central Propaganda Department: Do not report or comment on the PX project in Zhenhai, Ningbo spurring groups to seek audience with officials or related issues. (October 27, 2012)

中宣部:对宁波镇海因PX项目引发群体上访及相关问题不报道不评论。