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: Concerning the online rumor that Guizhou Province Public Security Office workers and staff have reported Shanghai High People’s Court Party Secretary and Acting President Cui Yadong: if covering the incident, the media must follow Xinhua wire copy and information issued by the authoritative local bodies as the standard; do not independently send reporters to Shanghai to investigate. (August 18, 2013)
In June, 70 Guizhou police officers signed a letter accusing Cui Yadong of graft during his tenure as provincial police chief. The Yangcheng Evening News briefly circulated the letter on its website on Friday.
Video of Cui and four judges with prostitutes surfaced online earlier this month. Cui later accused netizens of giving ammunition to “foreign hostile forces.” South China Morning Post [paywall] and RFI [zh] report.
“Cui Yadong” (崔亚东) is currently blocked from Weibo search results:
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.