Censorship Vault: Throwing Beggars
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.
14 August 2007, 13:35:33, Huang Jing
All Websites: Please submit the work plan for your websites for the period of the 17th Party Congress before 4:00 PM in the afternoon of this Friday (17 August) to our office (firstname.lastname@example.org), the content includes: (1) the responsible person; (2) work mechanisms; (3) emergency response mechanisms.
14 August 2007, 18:02:00, Chen Hua
Concerning the incident of the Fenghuang Bridge collapse in Hunan, do not issue it on the main pages of websites and the important news section of news centers, it may be issued in the domestic section, let it roll away naturally, use standard copy sources (original sources), manage trackers well.
16 August 2007, 11:03:32, Yang Le
On the Fenghuang Bridge incident, all websites are requested to uniformly remove it to the domestic section, no headers must be set up, it would be good if this incident were not played up.
16 August 2007, 14:33:30, Huang Jing
All Websites: Please submit your website’s work plan for the 17th Party Congress to our Office before 4:00 PM tomorrow afternoon.
19 August 2007, 14:07, Chen Hua
Everyone: Hastily make “torrent China” into a keyword for screening, ensure there are no search results, do not set up related searches; these few days, there have been relatively many calamities, news sources must be strictly standardized, only use originally-issued copy from focus central media, report more about disaster relief, report regularly, do not play it up.
20 August 2007, 09:24:39, Huang Jing
All Websites: Please manage trackers for the Shandong mining disaster, delete discussions attacking the Party and the government and attacking our system.
19 August 2007, 16:42:58, Huang Jing
All Websites: “NDRC: Present Commodity Price Rise Is No Harbinger for Overall Currency Inflation,” please clean up trackers for this new item, delete information seizing the opportunity to attack the Party and the government or attack all policies and measures.
19 August 2007, 22:04:15
Second Level: All websites are not to report without exception on the matter of a People’s Daily journalist interviewing those hit by the collapse of the Fenghuang Bridge in Hunan, as well as the popular masses giving the People’s Daily journalist silk banners, interactive segments are also not to discuss this. Everyone is requested to self-examine.
20 August 2007, 23:20:16
Second Level: All websites are not to report without exception on the matter of a People’s Daily journalist interviewing those hit by the collapse of the Fenghuang Bridge in Hunan, as well as the popular masses giving the People’s Daily journalist silk banners, interactive segments are also not to discuss this.
22 August 2007, 17:34:17
First Level: Please ensure there are no search results for “Hu Haifeng + Dai Shasha.”
23 August 2007, 17:10:53, Huang Jing
All Portals: Please reprint the text “German Scholars Write Article Criticizing the Dalai Lama” in the lower part of the important news section, the link is http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/hqzg/2007-08/22/content_6036665.htm.
27 August 2007, 17:54:19
Third Level: Concerning all sorts of rights defense information for volunteer soldiers in the near future, all websites are requested to strengthen supervision and control in interactive segments and timely delete this.
27 August 2007, 15:02:27
First Level: A small leak occurred at an Olympic oil storage tank of the Sinopec Beijing Co., all websites are not to discuss this without exception, forums, blogs, and other interactive segments are not to disseminate or discuss this.
28 August 2007, 20:02:22
Good evening, everyone: All websites are requested to manage content corresponding to the 17th Party Congress well. Only use Xinhua or People’s Daily copy, do not make ambiguous titles. Especially in interactive segments, management must absolutely be strengthened. Please also emphasize this when changing shifts! Thank you, everyone, for the trouble.
28 August 2007, 09:23:38
Second Level: In recent days, there were websites who reprinted the China Commercial Daily information “Civil Administration Cadre in Ningshan Country, Ankang City, Shaanxi Employs People to ‘Throw Beggars’ to Another County to Welcome Higher-Level Inspection, Leading to Death.” All websites are not to reprint or issue this, where it has been reprinted, it must be immediately deleted, blogs, forums, instant communications, and other interactive columns are also not to reprint or discuss this.
2007年8月14日 13:35:33 黄婧
2007-08-14 18:02:00 陈华
2007年8月16日 11:03:32 杨乐
2007年8月19日 16:42:58 黄婧
2007-08-23 17:10:53 黄婧
These translated directives were first posted by Rogier Creemers on China Copyright and Media on January 19, 2013 (here). This post is the 59th in the series.