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) Please find and delete Zhang Xuezhong’s article “Gao Yu’s Actions Should Not Constitute a Crime” [Chinese].
(2) Find and delete harmful information related to the article “Corrupt Chinese Officials Who Flee Abroad Run off with Trillions, Money Impossible to Recover.”
(3) Find and delete harmful information involving quotations falsely attributed to Deng Xiaoping related to the article “Deng Liqun Better Qualified Than Deng Xiaoping.”
(4) All websites must continue 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.” Immediately report on work progress.
(5) The Global Bitcoin Summit 2014 will be held on May 10-11 in Beijing. All websites are asked not to participate in or report on the summit. Do not hype bitcoins. All reporting on bitcoins must henceforth accord with the specifications of financial regulatory agencies. Please carry out the above immediately. (May 7, 2014)
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.