The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
State Council Information Office: (1) During President Xi Jinping’s “Europe trip,” all websites must promptly republish Xinhua wire copy, and interactive platforms must take care to control negative commentary. (2) Concerning former PLA Deputy Logistics Chief Gu Junshan being prosecuted by the military court, wire copy must all use Xinhua manuscripts. Websites may republish a portion of commentary from authoritative national mainstream media. Interactive platforms must take care to control the discussion and not hype the story. (April 1, 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.