Censorship Vault: More Land and Cheaper Rent

From the features previously untranslated censorship instructions from the archives of the CDT series (真理部指令).

QuanzhouNet: Provincial Propaganda Notice

(1) Websites are not to republish reports related to Tajikistan returning 1000 square kilometers of territory to China. Please delete any stories that have already been posted.

(2) Strengthen inspection and management of subordinate websites, forums, blogs, microblogs, and search engines and thoroughly eliminate harmful information on the “cheap 77-yuan rent.” Resolutely prevent this from producing new falsehoods and negative debate. Related harmful information on the Internet must be discovered and deleted in a timely manner. Strictly punish the responsible persons and subordinate managing departments that are disseminating harmful information about this matter. The situation is grave. Report back promptly. (January 14, 2011)




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