The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by central government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
Guangdong Propaganda Department: All media must execute to the letter previous relevant requests; do not report or comment on Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Light Rail ticket prices without authorization. (January 15, 2013)
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: All media, including websites and weibo, are kindly asked not to report or comment on Charoen Pokphand Group’s [attempt to] purchase stock in Ping An Insurance and related issues; no exceptions. (January 15, 2013)
Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The original publication date on CDT Chinese is noted after the directives; the date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source.
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