Censorship Vault: “Truth” About Gansu Self-Immolations

From the features previously untranslated instructions from the archives of the CDT series (真理部指令).


Central Gannan [Tibetan Autonomous] Prefectural Committee Propaganda Department: County and municipal committee propaganda departments: At 9:30 tonight, the international Chinese channel CCTV4 program Focus Today will air the segment “Outside Tibetan Separatist Cliques and the Southern Gansu Self-Immolations.” County television stations, please announce this program continuously on your news ticker; diligently organize cadres and the masses to watch the show. (February 4, 2013)


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