Ministry of Truth: Crooks and Village Justice

A captive in Dongqiao, Fujian Province, May 11, 2013.

A captive in Dongqiao, Fujian Province, May 11, 2013.

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

Guangdong Propaganda Department: Do not report, republish, or comment on Gu Chujun’s May 22 news conference or related activities. (May 22, 2013)


Gu Chujun, former CEO of Kelon Electrical Holding Group, was convicted of overstating profits and embezzling funds. He is currently serving a ten-year prison sentence which began in 2009.

Central Propaganda Department: Do not report or comment on the May 11 villagers’ attack on government workers in Dongqiao Township, Hui’an County, Fuzhou, Fujian Province. (May 22, 2013)


At the beginning of the month, Dongqiao officials clashed with locals about plans to requisition land for an oil refinery. On May 11, villagers captured one of the town’s vice mayors and a riot police officer. See more photos from Dongqiao at CDT Chinese.

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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