Censorship Vault: Mao, Ping Pong, and the Pope

In partnership with the China Copyright and Media blog, CDT is adding the “Beijing Internet Instructions” 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. 1 July 2007, 22:34:53 First level: Concerning the matter of the portrait of Chairman Mao on Tiananmen being damaged today, all websites are not to reprint corresponding reports; interactive segments are not to disseminate this, set up keywords well. Concerning the matter of the portrait of Chairman Mao on Tiananmen being damaged today, all websites are not to reprint corresponding reports; interactive segments may not disseminate text, images or videos related to this matter; all search engines are requested to ensure that there are no search results for the following keywords and maintain this until 15 July: “Tiananmen + Chairman Mao portrait,” “Golden Water Bridge + Chairman Mao portrait,” “Chairman Mao portrait + blown up,” “Chairman portrait + blown up,” “Chairman Mao portrait + damaged,” “Chairman portrait + damaged,” “Chairman Mao portrait + double-bang firecracker.” Although this directive is dated July 1, the vandalization of Mao’s portrait occurred on May 12, 2007. This is likely a repetition of instructions issued earlier. 2 July 2007, 15:11:19 (1) It is uniformly required again that all websites may not disseminate news on the fire in the Peking University Olympic Ping Pong Hall, where it has been reprinted, please delete it. (2) All websites are requested to ensure there are no search results for the following keywords: “Peking University sports ...
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