Minitrue: Sohu Editor Detained Over Weibo Post

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.
Do not report about the detention of Sohu Blog Chief Inspector [Editor] Zhao Mu because of a weibo he posted. If you have already republished relevant information, please delete it. (June 9, 2014)
Zhao Mu was detained on June 5th after he posted a doctored photo to Weibo. The Cultural Revolution-era shows school children in front of a blackboard with slogans praising Mao written on it. Zhao Mu’s version changed the slogan at the top of the board from “Chairman Mao is our heart’s red sun” to “Chairman Mao is our heart’s Almighty God,” alluding to the fringe religious group the “Church of the Almighty God.” Members of the group recently killed a woman at a McDonald’s when she refused to give them her phone number.

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 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.

MiniTrue 真理部