Censorship Vault: Let News Roll Away Naturally

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. 5 July 2007, 16:50:03 First level: Reporting Requirements Concerning Two Accidents in Benxi and Hengyang For reports concerning the explosion case in the Benxi Music Hall, Liaoning and the fire incident in the Hengyang cinema, Hunan: Do not put it in the important news section, it can only be put in the domestic section; when reprinting, only issue single news items, do not link to related news; let news roll away naturally; close news trackers; do not set up special subjects. 5 July 2007, 16:53:21 First level: Concerning the matter of Xiamen planning to legislate and implement a network real-name system, please reprint information and comment from standard copy sources; do not open trackers when reprinting; interactive segments are not to disseminate or discuss this. 6 July 2007, 18:34:09 All websites: The state has already reserved 20 billion to resolve the problems of poor university students to study, please do not again report on the fact that poor university students cannot afford to study, or even sell blood and other exceptional extreme phenomena. Third level: for reports concerning the Shanxi black kiln incident, no longer issue new copy, no longer make review-type reports. Interactive segments are not to actively set up themes, do not lead discussions, do not recommend them. 6 July 2007, 18:32:33 First level: ...
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