Ministry of Truth: Paeans to Kim Jong-Un 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.
“May the radiant sun General Kim Jong-un shine forever!”
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: Use only Xinhua wire copy in reporting North Korea labelling Ri Yong-ho a counter-revolutionary. Do not make other reports or commentary. (November 26, 2012) 中宣部:对朝鲜将李英浩定性为反革命分子,只用新华社通稿,不作其他报道评论。 Central Propaganda Department: Use only Xinhua wire copy with regards to Vietnam passing an anti-corruption bill. Do not make other reports or commentary. (November 26, 2012) 中宣部:对越南通过反腐法案,只用新华社通稿,不作其他报道评论。 Central Propaganda Department: Use only Xinhua wire copy with regards to the reopening of the investigation of the cheap sale of Wu Ying’s property. (November 26, 2012) 中宣部:对吴英财产贱卖案重审及相关问题只采用新华社通稿。 Once one of China’s richest business people, Wu Ying was detained in 2007 and eventually convicted of illegal fundraising. Sentenced to death in 2009, a retrial in May changed this to a two-year commuted death sentence, a punishment which often ends with the convicted averted execution. Meanwhile, Wu Ying argued for herself in court on Tuesday concerning the cheap sale of 14 of her companies’ properties, which she claims was fraudulent [zh]. Central Propaganda ...
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  1. […] about North Korean general Ri Yong-ho off-limits for commentary. As the essential Berkeley-based China Digital Times reported, the Central Propaganda Department in Beijing sent out the following directive on November 26: Use […]