Propaganda Directives Most Popular on CDT in 2016

To mark the end of the year, has collected the top ten most read stories on our site in 2016. Stories revealing government censorship, especially from our Directives from the Ministry of Truth and Sensitive Words series, were popular favorites once again, as were translations of netizen voices standing up to political power. (For more on the topics singled out for censorship in China this year, read an analysis of Ministry of Truth directives by Freedom House’s Sarah Cook.) Several stories from previous years also got a second life on CDT this year. Happy New Year to all!

Top Ten Most Read Posts on CDT in 2016:
10. China 2008: The Global Financial Crisis
9. I’ll Copy the Constitution, Then Sleep With You
8. Minitrue: 21 Rules on Coverage of the Two Sessions
7. Minitrue: Don’t Hype Video of Toddler Battling Chengguan
6. Sensitive Words: “Interview” with Xi’s First Wife
5. Minitrue: Panama Papers and Foreign Media Attacks
4. Lesbians’ Proposal Fans Fear of “Foreign Forces”
3. Collecting Sensitive Words: The Grass-Mud Horse List
2. Minitrue: “Delete All Content Related to Panama Papers”
1. Loyal Party Members Urge Xi’s Resignation

Compare and contrast this year’s list with those from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

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