Minitrue: Offshore Taxes, Onshore Cyberattack

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.

State Council Information Office: 1. Immediately find and remove the foreign media report “China’s Secret Offshore Tax Havens” and related content. Interactive platforms must strictly check [users]. Related images and accusatory comments about leaders and the system [of government] must be deleted without exception. Block the [user] IDs of those who have an evil influence and coordinate on-the-ground investigations with the relevent departments. 2. All websites must stop stirring up the article “Chinese Internet ‘Paralysis'; Affected IPs Redirect to American Company.” (January 21, 2014)

国信办:1,紧急查删境外媒体炒作的“中国秘密离岸避税港”报道及有关内容。互动环节要严密把关,相关图片和对领导人和体制的攻击性评论一律删除,影响恶劣者立即封号并配合有关部门落地追查。2,《中国网络遭攻击”瘫痪” 涉事IP指向美国公司》一文,各网站不要再炒作。

Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.”

CDT collects these directives from a variety of sources and checks 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.

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