Ministry of Truth: Paper-Pushers and Villa-Owners

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

Department: The relevant departments are in the process of investigating recent online reports of suspected corruption on the part of Gaoming District, Foshan NPC Standing Committee Deputy Director Lu Zhiran. The media is to cease covering and commenting on this incident until the results of the investigation have been officially released. (March 1, 2013)

广东省委宣传部:近日网络举报佛山高明区人大常委会常务副主任陆帜然涉嫌贪污一事有关部门正在调查,在调查结果正式公布前各媒体暂不再自行报道、评论。

Lu and his family allegedly own multiple properties worth over 100 million yuan, including a six-story mansion [zh].

Guangdong Propaganda Department: The media are to cease voluntary investigation and coverage of the violation of protocol at the Zhongying Street certificate office of the Sixth Detachment of the Guangdong Frontier Armed Police. When necessary, report in accordance with official statements issued by the detachment and play down the issue. (March 1, 2013)

广东省委宣传部:对广东边防武警六支队中英街办证中心人员涉嫌违规办证问题,各媒体不再自行采访报道,必要时按该支队发布的通稿刊播,并淡化处理。

Guangdong Propaganda Department: Strictly follow news wire copy released by the Huizhou Discipline Inspection Committee in reporting the case of Huizhou Chengguan Department Director Zhong Zhaoyang’s luxury villa and other issues of violation of protocol. Do not make the story prominent or lure readers to it. Do not produce other reports or commentaries. (March 1, 2013)

广东省委宣传部:关于网络举报惠州城管局局长钟朝阳拥有豪华别墅及其它违规问题调查结果的报道,严格按惠州纪委新闻通稿刊播,不上头版和导读,不作其它报道评论。

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.