The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
Zhejiang Propaganda Department: Torrential rain has caused the river to overflow its banks and created an emergency situation in Yuyao City, Ningbo. The media must take care to strengthen positive reporting. Do not make trouble for the disaster relief effort. (October 9, 2013)浙江省委宣传部：宁波余姚市因暴雨河水倒灌出现灾情一事，媒体要注意加强正面报道，不给救灾工作添乱。
State Council Information Office: Websites are not to post or comment on reports concerning former US Secretary of State Hillary’s remarks in London on the Wang Lijun and Chen Guangcheng incidents. (October 17, 2013)
State Council Information Office: In the article “First Cartoon Appearance of Chinese Leaders Online; Narrates Xi Jinping’s Experience” [Chinese], websites must remove the phrase “was ‘trampled’ [thumbed down] 3700 times.” (October 17, 2013)
The animated cartoon, which illustrates the path to the presidency or prime ministership in the US, UK, and China, has gone viral.
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.