Ministry of Truth: Shanghai Factory Pollution

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

Central Propaganda Department: Regarding concerns that the Shanghai Guoxuan New Energy project could pollute [Shanghai’s] Songjiang District, the media are not to speculate, comment, or produce follow-up reports. (April 29, 2013)


The Songjiang government announced today that it will postpone construction of a lithium ion battery factory [zh]  after residents complained that it would pollute the neighborhood.

Chinese journalists and 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.

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