The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by central government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
Central Propaganda Department: The Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railway opens on December 26. Related reports must give this positive publicity. Do not produce negative reports or commentary. (December 25, 2012)
Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to those instructions as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.” CDT has collected the selections we translate here from a variety of sources and has checked them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation.
Central Propaganda Department: With regards to additives in children’s food products, unify reporting in accordance with the information issued by authoritative bureaus. Do not follow your whim and quote rumors or news from other sources. (December 25, 2012)
Central Propaganda Department: No media are to republish, report, or comment on the contents of a report on eight provincial Party secretaries who have been eliminated over the past four years. (December 25, 2012)
Caixin published this report on these eight former provincial Party secretaries and vice-secretaries, including a chart listing their criminal convictions and sentences [zh], on December 21. The chart names Wu Zhiming of Jiangxi Province, Peng Yong of Hubei, Bai Zhiming of Inner Mongolia, Xie Pengfei of Guangdong, and Zhang Zezhong of Shandong, all former vice-secretaries; and Zhang Wanqing of Shandong, Chen Shaoyong of Fujian, and Feng Shunqiao of Zhejiang, all former secretary-generals.
Central Propaganda Department: The media are not to republish or comment on reports by certain media outlets on the recent sale of houses at reduced prices by employees of government agencies in Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces. (December 25, 2012)
Central Propaganda Department: Firmly control the type and degree of reporting about Christmas. Do not make it too prominent in your layout plans. (December 25,
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