Ministry of Truth: Paper-Pushers and Villa-Owners
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
Guangdong Propaganda 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)
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)
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)
Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these 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.