Censorship Vault: Sorry for the Trouble

Censorship Vault: Sorry for the Trouble

In partnership with the China Copyright and Media blog, CDT is adding the “” 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 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.

29 August 2007, 18:58:02

Reporting requirements concerning the readjustment of the positions of comrade Jin Renqing: Websites are to use Xinhua information without exception, and may not reprint reports from any other source; do not set up special subjects, do not issue it on the main page of websites and the important news section of the news centre, it may be issued in the domestic section, let it remain there until 12:00 in the evening; strictly manage trackers, examine all posts before publishing, quantities may not exceed 50, firmly delete all harmful information seizing upon the opportunity to attack Party and state leaders, attack our country’s political system, social system, and the Party’s cadre system; forum, blogs, instant messaging, post bars, and other interactive segments are not to actively set up topics, information, and comments from foreign websites may not be posted; all search engines will direct searches for “Jin Renqing” to news websites, do not set up related searches.

30 August 2007, 07:42:43

All Websites: Please do not reprint or report today’s report in the 14th edition of the Beijing Daily, “Capital’s First Social Insurance Corruption Case.” Interactive segments are not to discuss this, as soon as this is discovered, delete it immediately. Thanks for the cooperation!

30 August 2007, 18:43:27

All websites are requested to find today’s instructions (six portals have already been notified), these must be transmitted to the interactive segments and the next shift’s personnel. Thanks, everyone!

Instructions Concerning “Capital’s First Social Insurance Corruption Case”

All Websites: Please do not reprint or report today’s report in the 14th edition of the Beijing Daily, “Capital’s First Social Insurance Corruption Case.” Interactive segments are not to discuss this, as soon as this is discovered, delete it immediately. Thanks for the cooperation.

30 August 2007, 22:37:10

All Websites: Concerning information on changes in the posts of four ministers today, please abide by yesterday’s instructions, successively remove this to the back stage, everyone must be clear about this, deal with this on the back stage, do not simply control positions… Complete implementation before two o’clock, thanks for cooperation! That is if we click on any one channel, we cannot see it, ha….

Also, some websites have asked whether only information concerning Jin Renqing must be removed, we have considered that doing this may very well give rise to suspicion, therefore, the appointment or dismissal of all ministers is required to be removed to the back stage before 12 o’clock… sorry for the trouble!

All portal websites are especially requested to pay attention to their own finance and economics channels… it is absolutely necessary to correctly implement this. All finance and economics-type websites are also requested to cooperate well. Sorry for the trouble!

30 August 2007, 23:20:26

Leaders have said, for the moment, this is to be done…

All Websites: The notice of a moment ago that information on changes in positions of four ministers is to be removed to the backstage, is now ordered as being void, please wait for the newest notice tomorrow.

31 August 2007, 13:41:24, Huang Jing

All Websites: Everyone is requested to immediately deal with information that has not been deleted or has not yet been responded to on the reporting platform for unlawful or harmful information.

31 August 2007, 14:11:51

All search engines are to direct searches for “Jin Renqing” to news websites, do not set up related searches.

31 August 2007, 16:51:12

Second Level: Please search for and delete the text “China-India Border Negotiation Result Emerges–China’s Territorial Surface Area Becomes 9.51 Million Square Kilometers (Pictures),” this test is false information. Interactive segments are not to disseminate or discuss this.

All search engines will ensure the title of this article is screened and set up the following keywords for screening, and ensure no search results in the entire websites: “China-India border negotiation result,” “9.51 million square kilometers.”

31 August 2007, Chen Hua

Everyone: Please screen searchers for the following three batches of keywords, ensure there are no results and related searches on the entire website, finish this before 11:00 this evening. First batch: Shandong Energy privatization, privatization Shandong Energy, Shandong Energy privatization Liu Zhenya, Liu Zhenya Shandong Energy privatization, Liu Zhenya Shandong Energy, Shandong Energy Liu Zhenya, Shandong Energy Group privatization; direct all search results for Liu Zhenya to news websites. Second batch: Guangdong Electric salaries, Guangdong salary slips, Electric salary slips, Electric system salaries, looking at salary slips in the Electric systems, salary Guangdong Electric, looking at Guangdong salaries, Guangdong Electricity Supply Bureau salaries, Shenzhen Electricity Bureau salaries, Foshan Electricity Bureau salaries, Dongguan Electricity Supply salaries. Third batch: a bit of sunshine on salaries scares you, Guangdong Electric system salaries, Guangdong Electricity Supply Bureau salaries, sunshine on salaries scares you, complete salary situation of the second quarter, salaries that frighten you, sunshine salaries Guangdong. That’s it, respond, sorry for everyone’s trouble.


2007-08-29 18:58:02

关于金人庆同志职务调整的报道要求;网站一律采用新华社消息,不得转载其他任何来源的报道;不设专题,不发网站首页和新闻中心要闻区,可发国内,停 留至当晚12:00;跟帖严格管理,逐条先审后发,数量不超过50条,坚决删除借机攻击党和国家领导人,攻击我国政治制度、社会制度和党的干部制度的有害 信息;论坛、博客、即时通讯和贴吧等互动环节不主动设置议题,不得贴发境外网站消息和评论;各搜索将“金人庆”搜索指向新闻站点,不设相关。

2007-08-30 07:42:43


2007-08-30 18:43:27



各网:今天北京日报14版报道的:“京城首起社保基金贪污案”,请不要转载报道 互动环节不讨论,一经发现,立即删除.谢谢合作

2007-08-30 22:37:10

各网:关于今日四部部长任职变动的消息,请遵照昨日的宣传提示,陆续撤入后台,各位一定要明确,是撤后台处理哟,不是简单的调控位置…… 2点之前执行完毕 谢谢合作!就是我们点进任何一个频道,都不能看见,哈……



2007-08-30 23:20:26



2007-08-31 13:41:24 黄婧


2007-08-31 14:11:51


2007年8月31日 16:51:12

二级:请查找删除《中印边界谈判结果已浮现 中国陆地面积已变为951万平方公里(图)》一文,此文为虚假消息。互动环节不传播、不讨论。

2007年8月31日 陈华:

各位,请将下列三批词搜索设屏蔽,全站无结果不设相关,今晚11:00前搞定。第一批:鲁能私有化,私有化鲁能,鲁能私有化刘振亚,刘振亚鲁能私有 化,刘振亚鲁能,鲁能刘振亚,鲁能集团私有化;将刘振亚的搜索全站指向新闻站点。第二批:广东电力工资,广东工资单,电力工资单,电力系统工资,看电力系 统工资单,工资广东电力,看广东工资,广州供电局工资,深圳供电局工资,佛山供电局工资,东莞供电局工资。第三批:晒晒工资吓死你,广东电力系统工资单, 广东供电局工资,晒工资吓死你,第二季度全部工资情况,吓死你工资,晒工资广东。齐了,回复,各位辛苦。

These translated directives were first posted by Rogier Creemers on China Copyright and Media on January 25, 2013 (here). This post is the 60th in the series.

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