Censorship Vault: Beijing Internet Instructions Series (25)

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 .

1 August 2006, 10:12, Yang Le

All websites must bring up the special subject of propaganda on the Long March, put it at the top of the important news section, put it side by side with the scientific development view, and jointly line up the three matters of the scientific development view, running the web in a civilized manner and the 70th anniversary of the victorious Long March.

1 August 2006, 11:00, Yang Le

All websites are to transmit the People’s Daily Online articles on the Long March, march carrying the special subject, the position is to be the second line of the important news section.


1 August 2006, 14:24, Chen Hua

On information related to the grave illness of Cuban leader Castro and corresponding matters, websites are only to reissue Xinhua articles, they are not to set up news trackers, and those already having news trackers must delete them as quickly as possible.

2 August 2006, 22:36, On-Duty MSN of the Internet Management Office

Concerning the People’s Daily Online article on “Zhou Jinhuo” (the Fujian Provincial People’s Congress Standing Committee has dismissed Zhou Jinhuo from his duties as a National People’s Representative), all websites are not to reprint this on the main page of the website or the important news section of their news centers, do not set up trackers, do not make corresponding news links, do not send short messages, do not handle it prominently, it may be put at the bottom of the domestic news sections of news centers.

7 August 2006, 9:00 Yang Le

All “Two Years Count-Down to the Beijing Olympics” special subject sections are to go online today in the morning, put them on the front page of websites and the second line of the main news page, lay this out in red colors, timely reprint corresponding reports from all news media.

7 August 2006, 19:22 Chen Hua

Everyone, concerning the matter of the Beijing police successfully dealing with the case of hijacking long-distance passengers with guns and explosives today, do not send short messages without exceptions, do not write articles from the time being, wait until our office wires copy before issuing matters.

7 August 2006, 19:30

Everyone: (1) Approaching 15 August, please handle management of Japan-related news and posts according to the following principles: do not disseminate posts related to anti-Japan signing activities; block up all information on anti-Japan activities having a mass action nature; do not disseminate activities conducted by anti-Japan groups that might easily attract attention; if related activities occur, do not make reports without exception, do not issue short mobile messages; if activities of the type of important cabinet members visiting the Yasukuni Shrine occur on the Japanese side, adopt Xinhua copy without exception, do not issue short mobile messages; strengthen management over news tracking, extreme language must be deleted.

(2) Don’t continue to play up recent news related to the government hitting dogs, pay attention to the use scope and source of relevant news, corresponding images are to be deleted without exception.

(3) Henceforth, if epidemics occur in provinces and regions close to Beijing, all websites must wait for notification, and report this according to the instructions propagated by our Office.

(4) Do not report and do not disseminate the matter of Zou Tao running for the Luohu District People’s Congress.

7 August 2006, 20:38, Chai Yao

Do not issue the article that was just notified on the Beijing police successfully uncovering the West Station Case, tomorrow morning, wait for information from Qianlong Net. Requirements: not appearing on main pages of websites, the position on news centers is in the lower half of the domestic news section, do not make special arrangements, manage forums well, it is not permitted to send short messages.

8 August 2006, 14:20, Internet Supervision Office

(1) At the internal CCTV party (the complete version of The East Is Red)

(2) River Elegy (full text)

(3) Flash minigames … Koizumi falls to death.

Information with the following content is not allowed to be carried, please self-examine, if these articles are present, they must be deleted.

8 August 2006, 17:14, Chai Yue (Internet Management Office)

Concerning the matter of Yue Chengtong challenging Peking University’s attracting false talents, please do not play this up, it may not be recommended on the main page of forums or main page of blogs, if there are too many forum posts, they must be deleted.

9 August 2006, 15:21, Chai Yue (Internet Management Office)

Make “China’s Third Reform Controversy and Its Trends” into a keyword, please clean it up if it is reprinted.

If it appears on forums, please delete it.

9 August 2006, 17:34, Chai Yue (Internet Management Office)

All websites are requested to not reprint the article of Red Online “The Mass Public Order Incident of 25 July in Xiangyue County Has Been Put Down, Urban Order is Normal, People’s Lives are Stable.”


2006年8月1日10时12分 杨乐

2006年8月1日11时00分 杨乐



2006年8月2日22时36分 网管办值班MSN

2006年8月7日09时00分 杨乐

2006年8月7日19时22分 陈华


各位,1、临近8.15,有关涉日新闻与帖文的管理,请按照以下原则处理:不传播有关反日签名活动的帖文;对所有带有群体行动性质的反日活动信息进 行封堵;不传播反日群体所进行的容易引起关注的活动;如果有相关活动发生,一律不做报道,不发手机短信;日本方面如果有类似于重要内阁成员参拜靖国神社的 活动发生,一律采用新华社稿件,不发手机短信;加强对新闻跟帖的管理,过激言论要删除。



2006年8月7日20时38分 柴钥

2006年8月8日14时20分 网监处




2006年8月8日17时14分 柴玥(网管办)

2006年8月9日15时21分 柴玥(网管办)




These translated directives were first posted by Rogier Creemers on on December 2, 2012 (here).