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.
(1) Wholeheartedly cleanse Weibo of blog posts and comment threads in support of Pu Zhiqiang;
(2) Identify through search and completely delete harmful information related to “creating a disturbance”;
(3) Close all Weibo accounts which post about “creating a disturbance”;
(4) There is still rather a lot of information on Weibo about the “founding of the Xi Jinping Speech Research Center.” Please continue to delete this information;
(5) Please block the key phrase “speech essence research center.” (May 6, 2014)
Rights defense lawyer Pu Zhiqiang was detained on Tuesday after attending an event about the 1989 protests. The Beijing police have accused Pu of “creating a disturbance.” Deletion and censoring of unwanted discussion about Pu’s detention is ongoing; there are still about 214,000 weibo from 104 users containing the phrase “create a disturbance” (寻衅滋事) [Chinese], but not all posts relate to Pu.
On April 30, the Hebei Propaganda Department held a forum on the establishment of the “Hebei Provincial Secretary-General Xi Jinping Speech Essence Research Center” to “strengthen the study of the essence of Xi Jinping’s speeches” [Chinese]. The news has been censored, while criticisms of wasted time and treasure have been removed from Weibo [Chinese]. The phrase “speech essence research center” (讲话精神研究中心) is blocked from Weibo search results [Chinese].
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