The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
State Council Information Office: (1) At 0:49 in the music video for Deserts Chang’s song “Rose-Colored You,” the person in the ambulance is holding a “Free Tibet” kerchief and has the snow lion flag printed on his clothing. Please delete this video.
(2) Do not report or republish coverage of “insider trading” at CCTV in which the head of the company gained close to 400 billion [RMB]. If already republished, delete immediately.
(3) Do not report on dropping housing prices or discussion of a weak real housing market. (April 10, 2014)
Deserts Chang is a Taiwanese singer-songwriter. Chinese netizens recently criticized her for supporting the student protest in Taipei. Watch “Rose-Colored You” via YouTube:
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.
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