The following censorship instruction, issued to the media by government authorities, has been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.
Control commentary on the article “Longnan City Party Secretary Sun Xuetao Gives Blood from Left Arm But Holds Right Arm, Attracts Speculation.” Do not hype the story. (June 18, 2014)
Sun, who works in Longnan, Gansu, was photographed on June 16 donating blood. The order of the photos seems to have been switched: People’s Daily reports that Sun first had a blood test administered to his right arm, then gave blood from his left.
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