Directives from the Ministry of Truth: Zhou Kehua

The following example of censorship instructions, issued to the media and/or Internet companies by various central (and sometimes local) government authorities, has been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to those instructions as “.” CDT has collected the selections we translate here from a variety of sources and has checked them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation.

Propaganda Department: Continuing coverage of by all media and websites must be in accordance with wire copy and official statements by the . All media and websites must play down the story. Do not publish any further reports or commentary, particularly those concerning Zhou’s childhood and criminal motives.


There is a storm of discussion online and in the media of Zhou Kehua, the serial killer gunned down by police this week. Some netizens speculate Zhou killed himself.