Ministry of Truth: Power and Air

The following examples of censorship 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 “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.

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.
Guandong Propaganda Department: The media must not continue to report on Taiwan being cast as the imaginary enemy at the Zhuhai Air Show. (November 19, 2012)


Guandong Propaganda Department: The Panyu County government has again issued public announcements and public participation advertisements for the launch of the environmental impact assessment of the Guangzhou No. 4 Natural Resources and Thermal Power Plant (formerly the Panyu Life Waste Incineration Power Plant). All media are to report in accordance with news wire copy provided by Panyu. To not comment on or hype the story. (November 19, 2012)