The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
Central Propaganda Department: In reporting on the case of former Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun (including the charges against him, the trial, the verdict, etc.), strictly follow Xinhua wire copy. No media outlet or website is to independently produce other reports or commentary. (April 10, 2013)
Liu, who was removed from his post in early 2011, has been formally charged with graft. He could face the death penalty. The Ministry of Railways will be dismantled as part of broad government restructuring announced at the National People’s Congress.
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.