The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
Central Propaganda Department: Do not produce any type of coverage regarding the arrival of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the South China Sea or the Tokyo International Conference on African Development. [Only] quote authoritative information from Xinhua News Agency. (May 31, 2013)
Guangdong Propaganda Department: Regarding the recent conflict in Zhangmutou Town, Dongguan between traveling peddlers and law enforcement, and the tar leak at Quansheng Ceramics Company in Longpu Town, Sihui City; without exception, report according to authoritative information issued by the responsible [government] departments. Do not independently investigate, report, or comment on these incidents. (May 31, 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.
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.