The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
Central Propaganda Department: Regarding the natural massif landslide with occurred at the China Gold Group’s mining area in Lhasa, use Xinhua wire copy and information issued by authorative departments as the standard. Write reliably. Objectively and accurately report on the disaster. Cover disaster relief promptly and abundantly. Properly guide public opinion. Without exception, do not report or speculate on related sensitive issues. Do not send journalists to the scene to investigate or report [live]. (March 30, 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.