Ministry of Truth: Personal Wealth, Income Gap

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

Central Department: In covering the pilot program for government officials to report their [personal] finances, proceed according to unified planning from the Central Committee’s Commission for Discipline Inspection. All media are to cease independent reporting and commentary for the time being. (February 6, 2013)


The Guangdong Propaganda Department issued a similar directive on January 24.

Central Propaganda Department: The State Council recently endorsed “Several Points on Deepening Income Distribution Reform.” All media are to cover this according to Xinhua wire copy. Do not change headlines, put the story on the front page, or lure readers to it. Except for wire copy, do not produce any other form of report, commentary, or link. Do not post it on media’s official account. (February 6, 2013)


Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these 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.

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.