The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these instructions as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.”
Central Propaganda Department: The Liu Zhijun case is now closed. Media coverage must employ Xinhua wire copy. Do not produce detailed reports, do not comment, and do not exagerrate the story. (July 8, 2013)
Former Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun was convicted of bribery and abuse of power and given a suspended death sentence on Monday. Liu was fired in 2011 after a high-speed rail crash in Wenzhou killed 40 passengers.
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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