Censorship Vault: Time to Take Control
Internet Information Office, Central Propaganda Department: Strengthen management of metropolitan media organizations, websites, and microblogs. Promptly take control of online trends in public sentiment. Promptly block and delete harmful and pernicious content. Do not provide channels for the dissemination of erroneous speech. Those in violation of regulations will be dealt with severely. (February 7, 2013)
These instructions, issued to the media and/or Internet companies by various central (and sometimes local) government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. 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 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.