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.
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)
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)
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)
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 Department: Do not reprint, report, or comment on the
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