Minitrue: Extol a Sunny Outlook

The following  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 .”

Central Propaganda Department: (1) Do not independently comment on the situation in Ukraine. Use Xinhua wire copy or follow authoritative state media in your reports. (2) the National Bureau of Statistics is about to publicly release its Statistical Comminqué on 2013 National Economic and Social Development. All news media (including electronic newspapers and journals, metropolitan financial media, and news websites) are kindly asked to strengthen positive analysis and extol a sunny outlook for China’s economy; do not quote [the communiqué] out of context, misinterpret it, or exaggerate or magnify existing difficulties and problems. (February 25, 2014)

中宣部:1,有关乌克兰局势的报道不得自行评论,使用新华社通稿或以中央权威媒体为准。2,国家统计局即将发布2013年国民经济和社会发展统计公报,请各新闻媒体(包括子报子刊、都市财经类媒体和新闻网站)加强正面解读、唱响中国经济光明论,不得断章取义、误读误判,渲染和放大存在的困难和问题。

The Global Times has warned readers that rapid democratization will lead to the type of chaos currently engulfing Ukraine. “Analyzing the breakup of the Soviet Union has become a cottage industry in China, and President Xi Jinping has made it clear that he will not be another Mikhail S. Gorbachev,” Michael Forsythe writes in the New York Times. As during the Arab Spring and the revolutions of 1989 before, the Chinese Communist Party fears that Ukraine could inspire organized resistance to its authority.

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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