Ministry of Truth: Obama and Beijing

The following examples of instructions, issued to the media and/or Internet companies by various central (and sometimes local) government authorities, have 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.

Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The original publication date is noted after the directives; the date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source.

Central Department: During U.S. president Obama’s trips to Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar [Burma], Chinese leaders will simultaneously visit and . Use only copy. Do not comment. Downplay Obama’s visit. (November 13, 2012)


: With regards to the online contents about the story “ Spends 70 Mil Yuan on Heating per Day,” all media are asked not to carry, report, or comment on this. (November 11, 2012)