Minitrue: Condemn Violence, Stress Ethnic Cooperation
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.
1. Do not recommend links, and do not list trending search terms related to the Urumqi, Xinjiang train station explosion.
2. Concerning the Urumqi train station incident, commentary should focus on: reverence for casualties and those injured; condemnation of violent behavior; the conscientious maintenance of ethnic cooperation and social stability.
3. All media platforms that cited Xinhua’s non-regulated English-language draft on the Urumqi incident must immediately delete coverage and wait for the Xinhua News Agency’s Chinese-language wire copy. (May 3, 2014)
An April 30 explosion at the main train station in Xinjiang’s capital city of Urumqi left the two alleged perpetrators dead along with one bystander, and 79 more injured. The attack came as President Xi Jinping was wrapping up a trip to Xinjiang, a region he labeled the “frontline against terrorism.” Since the blast, Xi has ramped up rhetoric about anti-terrorism and ethnic inclusion.
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