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) The media are kindly asked to delete the piece “The Secret of Li Ka-shing’s Disinvestment on the Mainland: No Sense of Security.”
(2) Please delete the report titled “Local Financial Offices Will Be Relieved of Financial Capital Duties; Many Games of Chess Still Being Played Among Levels of Oversight,” first published by the Economic Information Daily.
(3) Delete “Grassroots Commentary: Is Harvard’s Biggest Problem That Its Politics Are Incorrect?” (May 8, 2014)
Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, one of the richest people in Asia, has been selling many of his mainland properties. Li is nicknamed “Superman” for his uncanny ability to predict the market, and many sense that he could be leaving his Chinese real estate behind before a crash.
The Economic Information Daily, owned by Xinhua, reported that the central government’s “Recommendations for Improving the Central and Local Administrative Management System” stipulate that local financial management services cannot assume responsibility for local development capital or financial sponsors [Chinese].
Xi Jinping spoke to students at the prestigious Peking University on May 4. A “grassroots commentary” on the Tianya bulletin board website, already deleted, stated that Xi Jinping warned students not to turn their school into a “second Harvard.” 姚文嚼字 asks, “If Peking University has the misfortune to became a Second Harvard, and has the further misfortune of producing several dozen Nobel prize-winners, and in doing so destroys its red landscape–how could our nation agree to that?”
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.