Ministry of Truth: Quiet on Freedom of Speech Case
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by central government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
Central Propaganda Department: Without exception, strictly employ Xinhua wire copy in reporting the overruling of the Ren Jianyu case and related issues. Do not put the story on the front page or lure readers to it. Do not alter headlines. Do not produce any other reports or commentary. (December 28, 2012)
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.
Central Propaganda Department: Do not sensationalize the issue of traffic caused by the snowstorm in Beijing. Do not put this news on the front page. (December 29, 2012)
Central Propaganda Department: In covering the National People’s Congress, strictly follow Xinhua wire copy. Do not alter headlines. Except for centralized arrangements, do not independently produce any reports or commentary. All major Party papers must prominently reprint People’s Daily commentary and Xinhua response articles. (December 29, 2012)
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.