The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by central government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these instructions as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.”
Guangdong Propaganda Department: The media are only to produce simple reports on the conflict between the proprietor of Guangzhou Jinxiu Heung Kong Gardens and public security. Do not sensationalize the story. (January 19, 2013)
Guangdong Propaganda Department: Regarding the explosion in a capital residence in the Yuancun Erheng Lu neighborhood in Guangzhou’s Tianhe District and the casualties suffered: if covering the incident, strictly adhere to information issued by the city Public Security Bureau. Do not put the story on the front page or lure readers to it. Do not exaggerate or sensationalize it. (January 19, 2012)
A man blew himself up in a residential community after a labor dispute, killing himself and injuring eight. Beijing Cream has covered this story.
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.