Censorship Vault: Hammer Down Chongqing Nail House

The infamous Chongqing nail house in spring of 2007.

In partnership with the China Copyright and Media blog, CDT is adding the “” series to the Censorship Vault. These directives were originally published on Canyu.org (Participate) and date from 2005 to 2007. According to Canyu, the directives were issued by the Beijing Municipal Network Propaganda Management Office and the State Council Internet management departments and provided to to Canyu by insiders. China Copyright and Media has not verified the source.

The translations are by Rogier Creemers of China Copyright and Media.

20 March 2007, 16:19

All websites: do not play up the incident of two Chinese persons being kidnapped in Nigeria, relevant information must be dealt with in a low-key manner, do not make lead stories, do not set up special subjects, do not link it to the previous kidnapping incidents, do not set up news trackers.

20 March 2007, 17:30

Please notify the persons in charge of all website search engines to come to our office for a meeting tomorrow at 2 in the afternoon, and to bring an electronic copy of all keywords set up for the 17th Party Congress.

23 March 2007, 18:22

Set up four new keywords: (1) Shanxi meeting; (2) new Eight Honors and Eight Disgraces; (3) the Four Heavenly Kings among the news stars on the Chinese political altar; (4) the diary of Deng Yingchao.

Requirements: No search results, no more posts or blog texts containing this sort of information may also appear on forums and blogs, please clean up and delete existing content yourself.

24 March 2007, 12:00

Concerning the matter of the Chongqing nail house, commercial websites may no longer play this up, special subjects must be deleted, do not transmit this sort of information and comments anymore, forums and blogs cannot recommend this, trackers must be closed without exception for forum posts. It is stressed again: special subjects must be thoroughly deleted.

24 March 2007, 14:01

(1) Concerning the matter of the Chongqing nail house, this may no longer be played up, delete special subjects, new articles, comments or blog texts may not be issued anymore, forums and blogs cannot recommend this, close trackers for posts without exception, remove it to the back stage, do not do VIP interview.

(2) Websites must remove “Jilin University Reveals Itself to Owe Huge Debts, Collects Resolution Plans from Teachers and Students in the Whole School,” this matter must not be played up, do not open trackers, forums and blogs are not to discuss this.

24 March 2007, 18:06

Concerning Renmin University International Relations Institute Director Zhang Ming being dismissed and the Chinese Academy of Social Science Finance Office’s Yi Xianrong resigning, this must not be played up online, do not reprint posts or issue new reports, articles and posts, existing special subjects must be removed, reports, articles, etc., on front pages must be removed, forums, and blogs may not recommend this, lock trackers for existing posts. Please implement this.

24 March 2007, 15:15:43

It is stressed again: Reporting requirements for the selection on the 15th of the Hong Kong Chief Executive:

On the 25th, the Hong Kong SAR’s chief executive is selected, for reporting before and after this selection, only reprint from Xinhua and People’s Daily without exception, give prominence to reporting that this selection is a selection passed with high popular will and high votes. At the same time, forums, blogs, and other interactive segments must be managed well, strictly block discussions seizing the opportunity to attack our political system and “one country, two systems.” The title “SAR Head” may not be used in reporting, use “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Chief Executive” without exception.

22 March 2007, 12:01:00

Propaganda instructions concerning the incident in Guixi City, Jiangxi, where some masses blocked the railway:

Concerning the incident in Guixi City, Jiangxi, where some masses blocked the railway, all websites are only to reprint corresponding information from People’s Daily, Xinhua Net and China Jiangxi Net, do not set up special subjects, do not open news trackers, do the natural trundle of everyday news, forums and blogs are not to discuss this.

23 March 2007, 16:36

All websites: Please immediately delete the article “Beijing Floating People’s Information Registration Form’s Inclusion of Nickname Column Called Discriminatory.”

26 March 2007

Network Management Office, Lin Lingsi: If there are very new positive propaganda columns, content, or activities organized by websites, etc., please recommend them to us through RTX, the Network Propaganda Office will timely grant added points and awards according to the evaluation structure.

All websites: Please remove the article “Japanese Vice-Cabinet Secretary States Comfort Women Did Not Exist in Army” to the back stage.

29 March 2007, 17:49

All portals: Please reprint http://culture.people.com.cn/GB/70806/70982/5534795.html on the main page of websites and in the important news section with “Network Disputes Need Standards” as title.

 

2007年3月北京网管办发出的禁令(三)
2007年3月20日16时19分

各网:不要炒作两名中国人在尼日利亚遭绑架事件,有关消息要低调处理,不作头条,不建专题,不要链接前几起绑架事件,不开设新闻跟帖。
2007年3月20日17时30分

请通知各网搜索引擎负责人明天下午2点来我办开会,带着本网对17大所设的所有关键词的电子版。
2007年3月23日18时22分

增设4个新的关键词 1、西山会议2、新八荣八耻3、中国政坛新星中的四大天王4、邓颖超日记。

要求:搜索无结果,论坛、博客中也不要再发含有此类信息的贴文、博文,已有的请自己清查删除。
2007年3月24日12时00分

关于重庆钉子户一事,商业网站不得再炒,专题要撤,不要再转发此类消息评论,论坛博客都不能推荐,论坛帖文一律锁跟贴。再次强调一下,专题要彻底删除。
2007年3月24日14时01分

1.关于重庆钉子户一事,不要再炒作,删除专题,新稿子评论博文都不要再发了,论坛博客都不能推荐,帖文一律锁跟贴,撤后台,不做嘉宾访谈。

2.网站要将《吉林大学自曝欠巨债、向全校师生征集解决方案》撤后台,此事不要炒作,不开跟帖,论坛、博客也不讨论。
2007年3月24日18时06分

关于人民大学国关学院张鸣被解职、中国社科院金融所易宪容辞职网上不要炒作,不要转发贴发新的报道文章帖文,已有的专题要撤除,首页的报道文章等要撤除,论坛博客不要推荐,现有帖文锁住跟贴。请务必执行。
2007-03-24 15:45:43

再次强调:25日香港特别行政区行政长官选举报道要求

25日香港特别行政区行政长官选举,对于选举前后的报道,一律只转新华,人民,要突出报道此次选举是高民意,高票通过的选举。同时要管理好论坛、博 客等互动环节,严格封堵借机攻击我政治制度、一国两制的言论。在报道中不要用“特首”的称谓,一律采用“香港特别行政区行政长官”。
2007-03-22 12:01:00

关于江西贵溪市部分群众拦堵铁路事件的宣传提示

关于江西贵溪市部分群众拦堵铁路事件,各网站只转载人民网、新华网、中国江西网相关消息,不作专题,不开新闻跟贴,作日常新闻自然滚动,论坛、博客不讨论。
2007年3月23日16时36分

各网:请马上删除”北京流动人员信息登记表设绰号栏被指歧视”一稿.
2007年3月26日

网管办林灵思:如有最新正面宣传栏目、内容、网站举办的活动等,请通过RTX推荐给我们,网宣处将按照考评体系适时给予加分奖励。

各网:”日本副官房长官称不存在随军慰安妇”一稿请撤到后台.
2007年3月29日17时49分

各门户:请以《网络争论需要规范》为标题在网站首页、要闻区中部转载http://culture.people.com.cn/GB/70806/70982/5534795.html

These translated directives were first posted by Rogier Creemers on China Copyright and Media on December 20, 2012 (here). This post is the 43rd in the series.