Minitrue: Beijing’s Decision on Hong Kong Elections

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.

Regarding the National People’s Congress Standing Committee decision on election of the chief executive of the Hong Kong S.A.R., as well as the so-called “Occupy Central Movement,” use coverage by authoritative, central government media as the standard. All Internet platforms must take care to check related content and commentary. (September 1, 2014)

对人大会常委会关于香港特别行政区行政长官普选办法公布、以及所谓“占中行动”报道均以中央权威媒体报道为准,各网络平台对相关信息及评论要注意审核。

After months of high-profile dispute in Hong Kong between pro-Beijing and pan-democratic camps about electoral reforms for the 2017 election of the semi-autonomous region’s chief executive, the Party legislature released its rules on the election yesterday, dashing the hopes of democracy activists—while candidates will be chosen by voters for the first time, they must first be approved by a Beijing-aligned committee. Occupy Central With Love and Peace, the loose-knit activism campaign responsible for organizing several recent protests and the unofficial referendum that so irked Beijing earlier this summer, is ready to live up to promises to take control of the region’s central business district.

State media is hailing Beijing’s decision to “grant universal suffrage [...] on the basis of nomination by a ‘broadly representative’ committee.”

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