The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
Central Propaganda Department: To all media: concerning Dongguan, do not oppose CCTV’s report, and do not deviate from the spirit of the central government; clearly support CCTV and the government in their crackdown on prostitution. (February 11, 2014)
After CCTV aired an investigative segment on prostitution in Dongguan, Guangdong, police raided several entertainment venues and arrested 67 sex workers.
Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.”
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.