Censorship Vault: “Black Heart Baozi”

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 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.

16 July 2007, 17:59:25

First Level: Concerning the matter of the dismissal of the Jinan People’s Congress chairman, only reprint copy from main Shandong media, do not issue it on the main page of websites and the main page of news centers, do not open trackers, forums and other interactive segments are not to discuss this. Delete images related to this case.

17 July 2007, 09:22:26, Zhong Fu

All Websites: Please immediately delete the article “Beijing Municipal Construction Committee Low-Key Meeting Seeks for Opinions–Foreign Investment Advice Policy Stable.”

17 July 2007, 09:32:48, Zhong Fu

All Websites: Please immediately delete the article “Chongqing College Entrance Exam’s First Humanities Gets Bogged Down in TsinghuaPeking University Fight and Faces Dropping from List.”

17 July 2007, 13:54:34

Second Level: Requirements Concerning Chinese Economic Analysis Reports

All websites’ news, finance, economics, stock market, and related channels may not use analysis reports related to the Chinese economy from any foreign organ such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, etc., please clean them up as soon as possible, delete existing articles that violate regulations.

16 July 2007, 18:17:40

Redirect “Bo Yibo” to central and local focus news websites, do not set up related keywords.

18 July 2007, 09:31:33, Zhong Fu

All Websites: Please delete all news related to “black heart baozi” as well as posts and blog texts in interactive columns.

18 July 2007, 16:16:57

First Level: Please ensure there are no search results for the following keywords, and maintain this until 1 August:

– Gao Qinrong wins international news freedom award
– Gao Qinrong + international news freedom award
– Gao Qinrong + news freedom award
– Gao Qinrong + freedom award
– Gao Qinrong + goes abroad to receive award
– Gao Qinrong + wins award
– Gao Qinrong + received award

19 July 2007, 19:13:13

Everyone: That Qianlong Net article on black heart baozi, is to be removed to the back stage by 10:00 tonight, trackers are to be locked, no news articles concerning this matter, including comments, are to be issued.

19 July 2007, 23:31:44, Chen Hua

Everyone: Tomorrow morning, Beijing media will issue articles concerning Beijing TV’s handling conclusion in the matter of the black heart baozi, only issue it in the domestic section on the front pages of news centers, standardize sources, strictly manage trackers, there can only be positive and supporting posts, do not send text messages, do not issue other articles and comments, etc. Respond.

20 July 2007, 09:23:16, Huang Jing

I. Concerning the matter of a social security center staff member in Dongcheng District, Beijing being suspected to have embezzled 440,000 yuan of social security funds, please do not reprint things. Where matters have been reprinted, please delete them immediately.

II. First Level: Reprinting requirements concerning the matter of the paper-stuffed baozi, all websites are requested to implement these requirements:

(1) Only reprint articles on dealing with the parties involved, other information and comments revolving around this matter are not to be reprinted without exception;

(2) When reprinting, it may not be put on front pages of websites and important news sections, but put in the middle part of the domestic news section;

(3) When reprinting, only issue single articles, do not make links to food security incidents or related news;

(4) Do not open trackers;

(5) Do not send text messages.

20 July 2007, 11:06:16, Huang Jing

All portals, please open trackers for the article “Person Responsible for False Reporting on Paper-Stuffed Baozi in Beijing Dealt With,” only release posts calling for paying importance to news professional ethics, condemning false journalists, and supporting the decision. The position of the article must not change, it is still to be in the middle part of the domestic section.

20 July 2007, 14:04:18, Huang Jing

All websites, do not reprint the text “Female Peking University Student States She Is Raped by Some Prefecture Head in Hunan,” where it has been reprinted, delete it immediately, blogs, forums, and other interactive segments are not to discuss it.

20 July 2007, 15:58:09: Huang Jing

First Level: Concerning the matter of the “paper-stuffed baozi” and the fact that related personnel from Beijing TV have been dealt with, this is no longer to be discussed in interactive segments.

20 July 2007, 18:07:09

Third Level: Screen out online information on demobilized soldiers’ rights defense.

All localities and all websites must launch clean-up work of online rights defense by demobilized soldiers, and timely delete harmful information inciting mass incidents and inciting linkages, rumor mongering and attacks, etc. Supervision and management over forums, blogs, search engines, instant messaging, mobile text messages, etc., must be strengthened. All measures rolled out by the Party Center and the State Council concerning doing the work for the targets for special care and retired army personnel well must be propagated prominently; timely reprint relevant information and explanatory articles published by Xinhua and China government net as well as the websites of Labor, Personnel, Civil Affairs, and other departments. Forcefully propagate advanced models of targets for special care and retired army personnel who make prominent achievements in common work positions; propagate that the Party and government give high regard to and are concerned with doing the work for the targets for special care and retired army personnel well.

21 July 2007, 9:10

All websites, please pay attention: Existing news concerning paper baozi is to be put on the back stage without exception. If there are new articles, ask the Network Management Office for instructions, and only issue them after agreement.

21 July 2007, 20:42:12

Second Level: Concerning the Southern Weekly report “Where Do Dead Chickens in Chicken Farms Go?,” all websites are requested to stop reprinting this, where it has been reprinted, please delete it.

21 July 2007, 20:44:13

Second Level: Concerning the matter of the reform of a bus company in Jinzhou City, Liaoning causing a strike, all websites are requested not to report this, it may not be posted or discussed in forums or blogs, please delete existing related posts, trackers, and videos.

21 July 2007, 22:56:48

Second Level: Information concerning Dawang Township, Guangrao County, Shandong being the most polluted township does not conform to facts, all websites are not to reprint or comment on this, where it has been reprinted, delete it immediately, forums and blogs are not to discuss this.

23 July 2007, 18:10:19

Third Level: At present, the domestic security situation in Pakistan is relatively grave, there are incessant terror incidents involving our citizens, online news reports shall grasp the principles of objectivity and moderation. As for reports of raids on our citizens or kidnapping incidents, give first place to general facts, do not disclose relevant details; reports concerning our leaders’ concern about citizens’ safety must be based on the uniform deployment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; do not willfully reprint foreign media information; do not raise the “Chinese factor” in the Pakistani government attacking the forces of terror, do not link Pakistan’s domestic political problems with the Sino-Pakistani relationship. News sources must be strictly standardized, extreme discussions in forums, blogs, trackers and posts bars, etc., must be timely deleted.



2007-07-16 17:59:25

2007-07-17 09:22:26 钟阜

各网:请马上删除《北京市建委低调会议征求意见 外资建言政策稳定》一稿
2007-07-17 09:32:48 钟阜

2007-07-17 13:54:34


2007-07-16 18:17:40

2007-07-18 09:31:33 钟阜

2007-07-18 16:16:57


“高勤荣获国际新闻自由奖”、“高勤荣 国际新闻自由奖”、“高勤荣 新闻自由奖”、“高勤荣 自由奖”、“高勤荣 出国领奖”、“高勤荣 获奖”、“高勤荣 领奖”
2007年7月19日 19:13:13

2007年7月19日 23:31:44 陈华

2007年7月20日 09:23:16 黄婧


二、 一级:关于纸馅包子一事的转载要求,请各网务必按要求执行。
2007年7月20日 11:06:16 黄婧

2007-07-20 14:04:18 黄婧

2007-07-20 15:58:09 黄婧

2007-07-20 18:07:08


各地方各网站要对网上复转军人维权信息开展清理工作,及时删除煽动群体性事件和煽动串联、造谣、攻击等有害信息。要加强对论坛、博客、搜索引擎、即 时通讯、手机短信息等的监看和管理。要突出宣传党中央、国务院出台的关于做好优抚对象和军队退役人员工作的各项措施;及时转发新华社和中国政府网,以及劳 动、人事、民政等部门网站上发布的有关消息和解读文章。大力宣传优抚对象和军队退役人员在平凡工作岗位上做出突出成绩的先进典型;宣传党和政府高度重视和 关心做好优抚对象和军队退役人员工作。
2007-07-21 9:10

2007-07-21 20:42:12

2007-07-21 20:44:13

2007-07-21 22:56:48

2007-07-23 18:10:19

三级:目前,巴基斯坦国内安全局势较为严峻,涉我公民恐怖事件不断,网上新闻报道应把握客观、适度的原则。对涉我公民的袭击或绑架事件的报道以一般 性事实为主,不透露有关细节;对我领导人关心公民安全的报道要根据外交部统一部署;不随意转载境外媒体消息;不提巴政府打击恐怖势力的“中国因素”,不将 巴内政问题同中巴关系挂钩。要严格规范新闻来源,对论坛、博客、跟帖、贴吧等互动栏目中的过激言论要及时删除。

These translated directives were first posted by Rogier Creemers on China Copyright and Media on January 10, 2013 (here). This post is the 55th in the series.