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. All websites must strictly search out and delete content related to the detention of Pu Zhiqiang and the so-called XX Commemoration Seminar. Take care to delete related images from Weibo and other interactive platforms.
2. Strictly use Xinhua News Agency wire copy when covering the Guangzhou railway station stabbing incident.
3. Take note to delete images of a man stepping on the head of a Liu Shaoqi statue [Chinese].
4. Don’t allow the Twitter hype about “Fried Steamed Rolls” to make its way onto Weibo, discussion forums, or message boards.(May 6, 2014)
Update 5/06/2014 22:18 PST: Twitter users have since pointed out that what was originally listed as Directive 4 (above) wasn’t a legitimate censorship instruction. The directive, along with the original explanatory message that followed, have been removed from this post.
CDT collects directives from a variety of sources and checks them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation.
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