Ministry of Truth: Kunming Environmental Protest

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

Protesters in Kunming. View more photos from today's events at CDT Chinese.

Protesters in Kunming. View more photos from today’s events at CDT Chinese. (@明明悠阳)

Central Propaganda Department: Without exception, do not republish, report, or comment on the assembly of the masses in Kunming to protest the construction of a PetroChina oil refinery.


State Internet Information Office: All websites are asked to remove text, images, and video related to the protest of over 1,000 people in Kunming city center against the Anning PX construction plan. Interactive platforms must strictly monitor activity. (May 16, 2013)


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.

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