Censorship Vault: Olympic Propaganda Relies on Everyone

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 Canyu, the directives were issued by the Beijing Municipal Network Propaganda Management Office and the State Council Internet management departments and provided to to Canyu by insiders. China Copyright and Media has not verified the source. The translations are by Rogier Creemers of China Copyright and Media. 23 July 2007, 15:15:37 Third Level: Everyone, concerning the matter of Olympic propaganda, the following is instructed: (1) Olympic propaganda relies on everyone. (2) You must act within the existing framework of Chinese laws and regulations, and international practice. (3) You must safeguard the rights and interests of the International Olympic Committee and Olympic partners, and establish a good international image of China being sincere, honest, and keeping promises. (4) There must be no mutual attacks for foreigners to have a laugh at. (5) In propaganda, the statistical data of AC Nielsen are not to be cited. (6) Please transmit the above content to the editor-in-chief so he knows it. 23 July 2007, 11:17:33 Second Level: Reports concerning the matter of the National Development Bank purchasing shares in the British Barclay’s Bank and participating in the purchase of a Dutch bank must be dealt with in a low-key manner, it must not be issued on the main page of websites and the main page of the news center, it may be issued in the financial channel of all websites, only reprint Xinhua copy online, do not open news trackers, do not play this up, forums, blogs, and other interactive columns are also not to discuss this. 25 July 2007, 18:52:22 First Level: Concerning immediately deleting posts ...
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