The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
State Council Information Office: Authoritative sources covering the Xu Zhiyong case must prevail on all websites. Do not hype or highlight the story. Interactive platforms must delete related commentary, especially the two essays [by Xu] “Please Believe That Our Right to Vote Is Real” [“Why I Am Running for National People’s Representative” (我为什么竞选人大代表)] and “For Freedom, Justice, and Love—My Closing Statement to the Court.” (January 26, 2014)
Xu Zhiyong was sentenced to four years in prison today for “gathering crowds to disturb public order.” Xu told the court it had “wiped out the Chinese legal system’s last shred of dignity,” according to his lawyer Zhang Qingfang.
Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.”
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