Censorship Vault: Beijing Internet Instructions Series (17)

In partnership with the China Copyright and Media blog, CDT is adding the “Beijing Internet Instructions” series to the Censorship Vault. These directives were originally published on Canyu.org (Participate) and date from 2005 to 2007. According to , the directives were issued by the Municipal Network Management Office and the Internet management departments and provided to to by insiders. has not verified the source.

The translations are by Rogier Creemers of .

12 May 2006, 23:40, Beijing Municipal Information Office, Chen Hua

Everyone, this has been notified in the afternoon, and is now stressed. When reprinting articles criticizing the “No Worries” theater group’s destruction of the environment, do not reprint articles linking this matter with Chen Kaige’s participation in the 2008 Olympic opening ceremony, websites may not report or track netizens’ name-signing activities concerning this matter. All articles and pages that are inconsistent with the above requirements must be speedily removed.

14 May 2006, 10:40, Beijing Municipal Information Office, Fan Tao

All websites are requested to speedily delete the article “Many Hugely Corrupt High Officials Convicted to Suspended Death Sentence, Evoking Challenges,” where special subjects have already been made, please delete them speedily.

15 May 2006, 13:24, Beijing Municipal Information Office, Fan Tao

All websites are requested to use the Qianlong article Beijing Network Media Association Openly Recruits 200 Network Supervision Staff to replace the present header of “Initiating the Wind of Network Civilization,” and place a summary on the main page of websites. Please reprint another Qianlong article Silicon Valley Drives the Start of ‘IT Websites Run the Web in a Civilized Manner’ Activities in the second line of the header at the same time, and put an abstract in the important news section of the news centre. Please acknowledge receipt, thank you.

15 May 2006 (Monday), 16:01

A communication from Chen Hua on revising the above notice:

Everyone, please delete the sentence “with the authorization of the State Council Information Office” from the present article “IT Specialist Websites Establish ‘Civilized Network Association,’” other matters are not changed.

14 May 2006, 18:00, Beijing Municipal Information Office, Huo

The case of the “China Caijing News Magazine” journalist Yang Xiaoqing, who is suspected of extortion is in the process of being tried. In view of the fact that this case is relatively sensitive and complex, concerning information related to this case, websites are requested to only transmit Xinhua copy and information from Hunan Red Net, do not reprint articles from other sources, forums are also not to post this sort of articles.

14 May 2006, 18:00, Beijing Municipal Information Office, Huo

Concerning information on civil servants’ salary adjustment, websites are only to reprint Xinhua copy, it is strictly prohibited to reprint information from any other source, forums are also not to reprint this sort of article, where the Dagong Daily article “Civil Servant Salary Structures Will Be Changed” and others have been reprinted, they must be immediately deleted. Management must be strengthened, all sorts of information, posts and commentary that does not conform to the above requirements must be timely deleted.

16 May 2006, 12:45, Beijing Municipal Information Office, Fan Tao

“Netizens Issue Information Agreement” (Discussion draft – see attachment for content):

I. In the near future, the Municipal Information Office will roll out a model for the agreement, and provide for strict management measures;

II. All websites bear the first responsibility to notify netizens to jointly abide by this agreement;

III. The text of this agreement will have comprehensive requirements in the regulatory, netizen self-discipline and propaganda areas;

IV. This agreement will at the same time protect to the largest extent the rights and interests of netizens to participate regularly in discussions;

V. Before and after the text of this agreement is made public, all relevant departments and work personnel of companies are requested to strictly grasp the scale of discussions.

19 May 2006, 8:50, Beijing Municipal Information Office, Fan Tao

All websites, pay attention, all those having opened trackers on the article “Persisting in Uniting as One and Looking Ahead – Reviewing the Historical Discussion on Deng Xiaoping and Other Older Generation Revolutionaries Concerning Correctly Dealing with the ‘Cultural Revolution,’” please close trackers. Please acknowledge receipt, thank you.

19 May 2006, 14:54, Beijing Municipal Information Office, Fan Tao

Immediately delete that Beijing taxi prices will rise to 2 yuan per kilometer tomorrow.

19 May 2006, Fan Tao

All websites are requested to put the information published by Qianlong Net on the taxi price adjustment (http://beijing.qianlong.com/3825/2006/05/19/134@3182655.htm) in the middle of the important news section, do not make it into a header, close trackers.

19 May 2006, 17:02, Fan Tao

No online reports are to be made of the film Summer Palace that participated in the Cannes Film Festival without permission, do not reprint this sort of information or comments, websites are also not to interview or report on the main creators of Summer Palace. If the content of articles on the Cannes Film Festival involves the film Summer Palace, websites are also requested to reprint or report this, this sort of article is not to be posted on forums, blogs or trackers.

20 May 2006, 18:37, Fan Tao, Municipal Information Office

Please immediately close news trackers on reports concerning the repatriation of Lai Changxing.

Please delete information that the original version of the Mao Zedong portrait will be sold at auction.


2006年5月12日23 时40分北京市新闻办公室 陈华


2006年5月14日10时40分 北京市新闻办公室 范涛


2006年5月15日13 时24分 北京市新闻办公室 范涛

请各网用千龙网的稿件《北京网络媒体协会公开征集200名网络监督员》(http://beijing.qianlong.com/3825 /2006/05/15/178@3171683.htm)替换目前“大兴网络文明之风”的头条,并在网站首页做提要。请同时在专题二条位置放千龙网另一 稿件《硅谷动力发起“IT网站文明办网”活动 》(http://beijing.qianlong.com/3825/2006/05/15/178@3171702.htm)并在新闻中心要闻区做 提要。收到请回复,谢谢。

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These translated directives were first posted by Rogier Creemers on on November 24, 2012 (here).