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 a police officer getting drunk and opening fire in Guangxi, media reports must accord with information issued by authoritative local departments. Do not investigate, do not comment, do not exaggerate, and do not speculate on the issue. (November 6, 2013)
State Council Information Office: Concerning the string of explosions near the Shanxi provincial Party committee [offices], all websites and interactive platforms are asked to escalate control of related information. Only material from mainstream national media may be reused. Do not comment, exaggerate, or speculate on the situation. (November 6, 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.