The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by central government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
Central Propaganda Department: The Chongqing municipal Party committee is conducting a thorough investigation of several cases in which officials breached discipline, and will soon issue a statement on the status of this investigation. If covering this story, all media are asked to report according to information issued by authoritative departments of the Chongqing government. Do not sensationalize or exaggerate the situation, and certainly do not produce one-sided reports based on individual sources. (January 31, 2013)
Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these 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 on CDT Chinese 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.