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 as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.”
State Council Information Office: Only Xinhua and national media copy may be used regarding U.S. President Obama meeting the Dalai Lama. Do not hype the issue. (February 21, 2014)
President Obama met with the Dalai Lama in the White House today. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying warned that the meeting would “seriously damage” U.S.-China relations.
CDT collects these directives from a variety of sources and checks 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.