The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
State Council Information Office: All websites must take care to resolutely delete content which puts the issue of smog on the shoulders of politics, as well as all content and commentary which stir emotions or incite disturbances. (April 7, 2014)
Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these instructions as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.”
CDT collects 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.