Ministry of Truth: Peng Liyuan, Xiamen Bus Fire

The following 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)

国新办:请网站立即查删彭丽媛拿手机拍照图片及相关负面评论。请网站加强“习奥会”相关信息的监看和管理,对相关漫画、调侃讽刺言论以及质疑和攻击信息及时清理,管不住的跟帖一律关闭。

Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these instructions as “.”

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)

中宣部:不派记者前往福建采访厦门公交车纵火案,已派出的立即撤离,有关该案的报道一律用新华社通稿和当地权威部门发布的消息,尤其是案情要以公安机关权威结论为准,报道要适度适量,不炒作犯罪嫌疑人和作案细节,不渲染现场惨烈场面。

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.