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: New Express reporter Chen Yongzhou accepted bribes to publish a number of inaccurate reports. The media must use the full text of Xinhua News Agency wire copy regarding this incident, no exceptions. Do not comment, and do not publish images. All Weibo accounts managed by media must absolutely follow these requirements when posting. (October 26, 2013)
Central Propaganda Department: Xinhua News Agency will soon release an article on New Express journalist Chen Yongzhou’s acceptance of bribes to publish false reports, and the All-China Journalists’ Association will soon issue a statement on the issue. All media appointed by the central, provincial, or municipal government must publish the full contents of both texts. (October 27, 2013)
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.