Ministry of Truth: Mo Yan and More

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: Regarding personnel changes and the disclosure of personal finances of officials at the provincial level and above, without exception employ Xinhua wire copy, do not change headlines, and do not independently produce other reports or commentary. (December 4, 2012) 中宣部:对省部级以上官员工作岗位职务变动以及官员财产申报相关问题,一律采用新华社通稿,不改标题,不自行作其他报道评论。 Central Propaganda Department: In covering international issues, especially those involving Japan and North Korea, strictly adhere to the approach of Xinhua wire copy and declarations by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Do not voluntarily investigate or comment these issues. (December 4, 2012) 中宣部:对国际问题特别是涉日、朝的报道严格按新华社通稿和外交部对外表态口径刊播,不自采自评。 Central Propaganda Department: Follow previous notices and requests in reporting on Mo Yan’s trip to Sweden to receive the [Nobel] prize. Utilize copy from Xinhua, CCTV and similar major media outlets. Do not reuse related information from online sources or foreign media. (December 7, 2012) 中宣部:对莫言赴瑞典领奖的报道按此前通知要求,采用新华社、央视等中央主要媒体的稿件,不转载网上和境外媒体相关消息。 Central Propaganda Department: All media are not to republish, report, or comment on the report issued by the civic group Beijing Xing which says 90% of migrant workers in the construction industry do not ...
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