The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
Central Propaganda Department: The review of the death sentence for Xia Junfeng of Liaoning Province in the case of voluntary manslaughter is complete, and [the execution] will be carried out on September 25. If covering this story, the media must without exception report in accordance with authoritative information issued by the court. Do not comment, link [to other sources], exaggerate, or speculate. (September 24, 2013)
将于9月25日执行， 各媒体如作报道一律依据法院发布的权威信息刊播，不评论, 不链接，不渲染, 不炒作。
Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these instructions as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.”
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.