The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
Central Propaganda Department: All media reports covering the official launch of reform policies and direct government actions following the Third Plenum of the 18th Party Congress must use content approved by the Propaganda Department. Use information issued by authoritative departments and central government media news releases as the standard. (December 2, 2013)
While the communiqué and subsequent “blueprint for reform” that followed the highly anticipated November meeting of the CCP Central Committee outlined Party reform priorities, they gave little indication of concrete actions to come.
Central Propaganda Department: Regarding the investigation into four China Southern Airlines personnel, report only according to information issued by authoritative departments. Do not speculate or comment on the issue. (December 2, 2013)
In the midst of a wave of fresh anti-corruption crackdowns, an internal audit revealed “irregularities” in the accounts of China Southern Airlines, and the airline reported four executives to authorities.
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.