The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
State Council Information Office: All websites immediately delete content related to the 17-year-old Uyghur who was shot and killed by police after running a red light in Aksu, Xinjiang. Also delete photos and news related to the community action that followed. The term “Aksu 17-year-old” is temporarily prohibited from Weibo. (April 14, 2014)
国信办：各网站立即删除有关新疆阿克苏17岁维吾尔少年闯红灯被枪杀以及相关群体事件的图片和信息。请将“阿克苏 17岁” 暂设为微博禁发词。
Last weekend, police shot dead a 17-year-old Uyghur high school student and seriously injured his two passengers after they ran a red light on a motorcycle. Radio Free Asia reports that “mammoth protests” erupted last weekend in response to the police shooting, which were eventually quelled by a “brutal” security crackdown. The following pictures, along with many others and much netizen commentary [zh], have been deleted from Sina Weibo:
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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