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).

甘南宣传部

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)

中共甘南州委宣传部:各县市委宣传部:今晚9:30分,在中央4台中文国际频道《今日关注》栏目播出《甘南系列自焚案真相调查专题片》,请州县电视台以字幕形式连续滚动发出通知,认真组织干部群众收看。

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