Ministry of Truth: High Schooler Fights for Rights

Ministry of Truth: High Schooler Fights for Rights

Zhan Haite has been refused entry to a Shanghai high school because her hukou is from rural Jiangxi Province. She is petitioning for her right to an education.

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.

Central Propaganda Department: No media will report or comment on Zhan Quanxi and Zhan Haite in Shanghai engaging in so-called “rights defense” in the name of equal participation in the high school entrance exam and getting involved in conflicts with personnel. (December 11, 2012)


Central Propaganda Department: With the exception of Xinhua wire copy, media in all locales are not to republish, report, or comment on online rumors of a wave of complaints emerging from the Chongqing beat black campaign, questions about millions in assets from mafia deals, and other issues. (December 11, 2012)


Central Propaganda Department: All levels of media must follow to the letter previous requests in reporting on issues involving central Party leaders. You may not use any other source but Xinhua wire copy. (December 11, 2012)


Central Propaganda Department: With regards to reports about the Jinan municipal government building, all media must without exception employ Xinhua wire copy and cease voluntary reporting and commentary. (December 12, 2012)


The Long’ao Building, apparently second in size only to the Pentagon, is rumored to have cost over 4 billion yuan to construct [zh]. Authorities claim that no public funds were used.


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