Ministry of Truth: Peng Liyuan, Xiamen Bus Fire
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
State Council Information Office: All websites are asked to immediately find and remove images of Peng Liyuan taking a picture with her cell phone and related negative comments. Please strengthen your monitoring and management of contents related to the “Xi-Obama meeting.” Promptly dispose of cartoons, satirical remarks, and challenging and accusatory speech. Shut down uncontrollable [forum] threads. (June 8, 2013)
Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these instructions as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.”
Central Propaganda Department: Do not send reporters to Xiamen to investigate the bus fire. Immediately recall anyone already sent there. Without exception, use Xinhua wire copy and the information issued by the local authoritative departments. In particular, use the authoritative conclusions of public security as the standard. Coverage should be moderate. Do not speculate on the suspect or the details of the crime. Do not embellish the tragedy of the scene. (June 8, 2013)
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.