Minitrue: Xi’s Eurotrip, PLA Officer’s Trial

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

State Council Information Office: (1) During President Xi Jinping’s “Europe trip,” all websites must promptly republish Xinhua wire copy, and interactive platforms must take care to control negative commentary. (2) Concerning former PLA Deputy Logistics Chief Gu Junshan being prosecuted by the military court, wire copy must all use Xinhua manuscripts. Websites may republish a portion of commentary from authoritative national mainstream media. Interactive platforms must take care to control the discussion and not hype the story. (April 1, 2014)

国信办:1, 国家主席习近平“欧洲之行”,各网站要及时转载新华社稿件,互动环节注意严控有关负面评论。2,关于解放军总后勤部原副部长谷俊山被提交军事法院公诉一案,通稿一律使用新华社稿件,网站可以转发国家权威主流媒体的部分评论,互动环节注意控制评论不炒作。

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

CDT collects 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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