Ministry of Truth: August 20 Clash in Kashgar
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these instructions as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.”
Central Propaganda Department: The media must not republish reports concerning the violence in Kashgar, Xinjiang on August 20. (August 30, 2013)
At least 15 were killed in a raid on an alleged terrorist cell in Kashgar, China’s westernmost city, not far from the borders with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The Chinese government often couches crackdowns in Xinjiang in the language of counter-terrorism. Xinjiang’s titular Uyghur nationality is majority Muslim.
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.
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