Ministry of Truth: Heat and Orphans

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by central government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.

Guangdong Propaganda Department: Do not report on the issue of supplying heat to the south. (January 16, 2013)


Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to those instructions as “.” 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.

Guangdong Propaganda Department: Use provincial and municipal statements as the standard in reporting on the aftermath of the high-level examination of the Rongcheng Bureau of Civil Affairs in Jieyang for attempting to borrow orphans from a temple. Do not sensationalize this story. (January 16, 2013)


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.

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