Minitrue: Delete Article on Mainland Entitlement
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 as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.”
State Council Information Office: All websites are kindly asked to delete the Tencent article “Where Does Mainlanders’ Benefactor Mentality Come From?” (February 20, 2014)
Leding with recent Hong Kong protests to “exterminate locusts” (灭蝗), the article lists six reasons why many mainland Chinese feel that China is a “benefactor” to the economies of Hong Kong, the United States, and other countries. Many Hong Kong residents resent mainlanders traveling to the territory to give birth, buying up infant formula, and flaunting subway rules.
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