Ministry of Truth: Urgent Notice on Southern Weekly

Protester in Guangzhou. “End press censorship. The Chinese people want freedom!”
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by central government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Central Propaganda Department: Urgent Notice Concerning the Southern Weekly New Year’s Message Publication Incident: Responsible Party committees and media at all levels must be clear on three points related to this matter: (1) Party control of the media is an unwavering basic principle; (2) This mishap at Southern Weekly has nothing to do with Guangdong Propaganda Department Head Tuo Zhen; (3) External hostile forces are involved in the development of the situation. Every responsible work unit must demand that its department’s editors, reporters, and staff discontinue voicing their support for Southern Weekly online. Starting tomorrow, media and websites in all locales must prominently republish the Global Times editorial “Southern Weekly’s ‘Message to Readers’ Is Food for Thought Indeed.” (January 7, 2013) 中宣部:关于南方周末新年献辞出版事件的紧急通知,各级主管党委和媒体,对于此次事件,必须明确以下三点:一,党管媒体是不可动摇的基本原则;二,南方周末此次出版事故与广东省委宣传部长庹震同志无关;三,此事的发展有境外敌对势力介入。各主管单位必须严格要求其部门的编辑,记者和员工不得继续在网络上发言支持南方周末。各地媒体、网站明天起以显著版面转发《环球时报》的社评《南方周末“致读者”实在令人深思》。 Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these 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. 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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9 Responses to Ministry of Truth: Urgent Notice on Southern Weekly

  1. Will says:

    Censorious Party apparatchiks on the prowl again, first crawling one way, then crawling the other.

  2. Bo Peep says:

    May southern Weekly prevail and may all Chinese citizens vocally and vehemently support these brave, smart journalists!

    May the Communist Chinese Propaganda bureau die a quick, inglorious death.

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  6. BobbyWong says:

    Well, if that’s the instruction, the Chinese media certainly haven’t heard it. If you goto news.baidu and search with key phrase “南方周末” (Southern Weekly), you’ll see a divergent opinions besides the above mentioned OpEd.

    BTW, isn’t CDT funded by US Congress via NED grants? Smells like propaganda to me.

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