The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.
Absolutely do not report on any news related to “Chinese-funded enterprises in Vietnam being attacked by Vietnamese.” Do not republish foreign coverage. Stringently find and delete related news, commentary, and images on interactive [Web] platforms. (May 14, 2014)
Protesters in southern Vietnam, angered by the confrontation between their navy and a Chinese oil vessel in the South China Sea, have set fire to several factories. Many of the businesses targeted by rioters are actually Taiwanese. A propaganda directive issued last week requires websites to “find and delete coverage of ‘the collision of Vietnamese naval ships and Chinese [oil] exploration vessels’ and ‘confrontation between a large number of Chinese and Vietnamese coast guard boats.'”
CDT collects directives from a variety of sources and checks them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation.
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