Censorship Vault: Beijing Internet Instructions Series (7)

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 Beijing Municipal Network Propaganda Management Office and the State Council Internet management departments and provided to to by insiders. has not verified the source.

The translations are by Rogier Creemers of .

30 December 2005

(1) Websites may not play up the case of Cui Yingjie in Guizhou, for relevant information, only Xinhua copy is to be transmitted, information from other sources may not be used, do not set up special subjects, those already set up must be immediately removed, it may also not be discussed in forums. Management over forums, news trackers and blog websites must be strengthened, timely block and delete attacks, rumor fabrication, incitement and all other harmful information.

(2) Concerning the issue of litigation and compensation for the Songhua River pollution, without permission, this may not be reported on any website without exception, forums may also not discuss this, existing matters must be immediately removed. Management over forums, news trackers and other interactive columns must be strengthened, timely block and delete corresponding information.

30 December 2005

(1) All websites shall promptly make “Beijing News” into a filtering keyword for forums, news trackers and blog websites, and immediately implement this.

(2) Online public opinion management concerning the “6 December” incident in the Red Sea Bay, Shanwei, Guangdong must be further strengthened, strictly implement the spirit of the Information Office’s notices, further strengthen management over forums, blogs and individual websites, timely and firmly block and delete corresponding harmful information.

29 December 2005

Concerning the matter of today in the morning, where a man shot a home-made pistol on bus 14, do not send short messages, forums are not to report this.

Concerning the news of high-level change at the Beijing News, this is not to be reported or discussed without exception, please strictly implement this!

26 December 2005

The Independent Chinese PEN, presided over by Liu Xiaobo, recently has awarded the third “Freedom Writing Award” to Wu Si (Executive editor of the magazine “The Spring and Autumn of Yan Huang”), and awarded the “Lin Zhao Commemorative Award” to Hu Xuesong, concerning this matter, there are to be no online reports, forums are not to discuss or disseminate this, “Independent Chinese PEN,” “Freedom Writing Award” and “Lin Zhao Commemorative Award,” etc., may be made into keywords.

Concerning the matter of the associate head of a police station in Qingyuan, Guangdong being held as hostage, and being killed together with three villagers, apart from Xinhua copy, there is to be no reporting without exception, it may also not be issued in the important news section, do not set up special subjects, do not send short messages, forums are not to discuss this or spread rumors.

9 December 2005

All websites must further strengthen management over online public opinion concerning the incident in the Red Sea Bay, Shanwei, Guangdong and the mass incident at the Victory Oilfields, duty forces must be strengthened, the first contact person is to maintain 24-hour connectivity via mobile phone, guaranteeing that relevant management requirements are implemented timely and firmly; “Dongzhou” and “Victory Oilfields” are to be made into filtering keywords; all website forums and news trackers must firmly implement the system of examination first, publication second, and guarantee that all sorts of harmful information is timely blocked and deleted.

8 December 2005

Today, it has been received that articles concerning sisters of the Sacred Heart being beaten in Xi’an. Everyone seeing this content is to delete it without exception!!!

8 December 2005

Concerning the matter of a dispute arising between the Shantou Armed Police and villagers, with deaths and injuries (carelessness), this may not be reported without exception, it may not emerge in forums.

8 December 2005

Reports concerning a Master abusing a cat may no longer be published on the main page of websites and the main news page, no more surveys or crossfire-type content may be made.

8 December 2005

On the disaster at the Tangshan mine, only issue Xinhua copy, do not make large headlines, do not issue it at the top of the important news section do not publish it on the front page of websites, do not open news trackers, to not make it into a special topic. Forums are not to discuss the disaster at the Tangshan mine, corresponding commenting articles are not to be published without exception.

7 December 2005

1. The case of a vice-mayor in Jilin committing suicide is not to be reported without exception;

2. The case of the sudden incident of occupation of offices at the Victory Oilfields is not to be reported without exception;

3. Only use Xinhua copy for the case of a Central inspection group going to Jilin Chemical for investigation;

4. Only use Xinhua copy without exception for sudden incidents and natural disasters until the end of the year, do not place it in a prominent position, do not make large headlines, do not make focus pictures, do not make large titles, tracker quantities are to be strictly controlled.

1 December 2005

Concerning information on “Head Surgeon Takes Phone Call During Operation, Paralyzed Patient Claims 180,000 in Damages from the Armed Police General Hospital,” all websites are to report this no longer, do not play this matter up, close news trackers, play it down as soon as possible; the case of Li Jindou is not to appear on websites and news front pages; recently, some departments have dealt with a number of heretical organizations, not report this in any way.

The Hong Kong SAR government and the Hong Kong Chinese Liaison Office will organize a joint “Forum on Issues in the Political Development of Hong Kong” on the morning of 2 December in Shenzhen. All websites must timely transfer Xinhua copy well, and are not to use copy from any other source. They must handle this as regular news, not play this up and not set up special subjects. Management over forums, news trackers and other interactive columns must be strengthened, timely block and delete all sorts of harmful information not conform to the spirit of the Centre.

 

2005年12月北京网管办发出的禁令

2005-12-30

1、网站不要炒作贵州崔英杰案,有关消息只转发新华社通稿,不得使用其他来源的消息,不设专题,已开设的要立即撤除,论坛中也不讨论。要加强对论坛、新闻跟帖、博客网站的管理,及时封堵和删除攻击、造谣、煽动等各类有害信息。

2、关于松花江水污染诉讼和赔偿问题,未经允许,各网站一律不得报道,论坛也不讨论,已有的要立即撤除。要加强对论坛、新闻跟帖等互动栏目的管理,及时封堵和删除相关信息。
2005-12-30

1、各网站近期将“新京报”设为论坛、新闻跟帖和博客网站过滤关键词,立即执行

2、要进一步加强广东汕尾红海湾“12.6”事件网上舆论管理,严格贯彻新闻办通知精神,进一步加强对论坛、博客和个人网站的管理,及时、坚决地封堵删除相关有害信息。
2005-12-29

关于今天早上一男子在14路公交车上用自制手枪鸣枪一事不报道,不发短信,论坛不讨论。

关于新京报高层变动的新闻,一律不报道,不讨论,请严格执行!
2005-12-26

由刘晓波任会长的独立中文笔会,近日把第三届“自由写作奖”颁给吴思(《炎黄春秋》杂志执行主编),把“林昭纪念奖”颁给卢雪松,关于此事网上一律不报道,论坛不讨论,不传播,可把“独立中文笔会”、“自由写作奖”、“林昭纪念奖”等设为关键词。

有关广东清远一派出所副所长被劫持,与三村民同被杀一事,除新华社通稿外一律不报道,也不要发要闻区,不建专题,不发短信,论坛不讨论,不传谣。
2005-12-09

各网站要进一步加强对广东汕尾红海湾事件、胜利油田群体性事件网上舆论的管理,要加强值班力量,第一通知人保持手机24小时开通,确保有关管理要求 得到及时、坚决贯彻落实;将“东洲”、“胜利油田”增设为过滤关键词;各网站论坛和新闻跟帖要坚决落实先审后发制度,确保及时封堵和删除各类有害信息。
2005-12-08

今接到删除有关西安圣心修女被欧打的文章。大家看到有关此内容的一律删除!!!
2005-12-08

有关汕头武警与村民发生纠纷致人死伤一事(大意)一律不得报道 论坛中不得出现
2005-12-08

硕士虐猫事的相关报道不再发网站首页和新闻首页,也不再搞调查,交锋类内容。

2005-12-08

唐山矿难事,只发新华社稿,不做大头条,不发要闻区上部,不发网站首页,不开跟贴,不做专题。论坛不讨论唐山矿难一事,相关评论性文章一律不发。

2005-12-07

1.吉林一副市长自杀一事一律不报;

2.胜利油田突发性抢占办公楼事件一律不报;

3.中央调查组赴吉化调查一事只发新华社通稿;

4.岁末有关突发性事件与自然灾害一律只用新华社通稿,不发突出位置,不做大头条,不做焦点图,不做大标题,跟帖数量严格控制.

2005-12-01

有关”主刀医生手术中接听电话,患者面瘫向武警总医院索赔18万”的消息,各网站不再继续报道,不要炒作此事,关闭新闻跟帖,尽快淡化;李金斗事不再上网站和新闻首页;最近有关部门对一些邪教组织进行处理,不做任何报道。

香港特区政府和香港中联办于12月2日上午在深圳共同举办“香港政制发展问题座谈会”。各网站要及时转发好新华社通稿,不使用其他任何来源稿件。要作正常新闻处理,不炒作,不设专题。要加强对论坛、新闻跟帖等互动栏目管理,及时封堵和删除与中央精神不符的各类有害言论。

These translated directives were first posted by Rogier Creemers on China Copyright and Media on November 14, 2012 (here).