The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by central government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
Guangdong Propaganda Department: With regards to today’s second plenum of the 11th provincial Party committee, except for unified arrangements, report in strict accordance with wire copy, no exceptions. Do not voluntarily produce other reports. (January 17, 2013)
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.
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.