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: Regarding coverage of Bo Xilai’s hearing, headlines cannot express anything of benefit to Bo, such as his “20 questions” questioning of Xu Ming in court. (August 23, 2013)
In a string of questions during cross-examination, Dalian billionaire Xu Ming admitted that Bo may not have had direct knowledge of the expensive bribes with which Xu plied Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, and his son, Bo Guagua.
State Council Information Office: Web portals are requested to post the following two articles on both homepages (that of the portal itself and of its news center): “Scoundrelry and Sophistry: The Ultimate Insanity of Hypocrisy” from China.org.cn, and “Listening to the Wind: Opening Day of Bo Xilai Trial Shows Complexity and Difficulty of the Fight Against Corruption” from the CCTV website. Carry this out immediately. (August 23, 2013)
China.org.cn is a government portal run jointly by the State Council Information Office and the China International Publishing Group.
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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.