Ministry of Truth: Red Cross, Mysterious Death
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
Central Propaganda Department: The media are not to republish, report, or comment on foreign media reports that disaster relief materials sent by the Red Cross sat in a warehouse for over 20 hours without being distributed. (April 24, 2013)
On April 23, the mainland paper 21st Century Business Herald reported that earthquake relief materials sent to Lushan County, Sichuan Province on the 21st sat in a warehouse for over 20 hours before they were distributed. The article is still available on Chinese news sites. CDT has not yet found any coverage of the story from non-Chinese sources.
Central Propaganda Department: Without exception, use Xinhua wire copy in covering the death of Sanmenxia City, Henan Province Intermediate People’s Court Vice Director and Executive Office Director Jia Jiuxiang while undergoing shuanggui. The media are not to independently report or comment on the case, nor to send reporters to the scene to investigate. (April 25, 2013)
Jia is the second person in two weeks to die while in shuanggui, or “dual designation,” the extralegal disciplinary system reserved for government officials. It is unclear how Jia died, but family members attest that his face and body were covered in bruises.
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.