Ministry of Truth: Planned Yunnan Oil Refinery

"No Kunming PX." (via FreeWeibo)

“No Kunming .” (via FreeWeibo)

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

Central Department: With regards to the China National Petroleum Corp. oil refinery planned for Anning, Yunnan Province, report in strict accordance with Xinhua wire copy or authoritative information formally issued by the local government in the region. Do not speculate, do not comment, and do not send reports to investigate. (May 8, 2013)

中宣部:对云南安宁中石油炼油项目相关问题,严格按新华社通稿,或当地政府正式发布的权威消息报道,不炒作、不评论,不派记者到当地采访。

On Saturday, residents of Kunming, the capital of southwestern Yunnan Province, protested construction of an oil refinery in nearby Anning. The plant would process the hazardous chemical p-Xylene (PX). While the protests were peaceful and unhindered by the police, the future of the project remains uncertain.

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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