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 “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.” 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 of the Communist Party of China: (1) Strictly adhere to Xinhua copy in reporting on Hong Kong’s legislative elections. Do not hype the elections. (2) All media must cease negative reporting and commentary about Teacher’s Day [September 10]. (September 11, 2012)