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.
The National Audit Office will continue announcing central government department and other financial circumstances and audit results. Media are only permitted to reprint wire copy. Commentary is not allowed. Manage follow-up posts well. (June 26, 2014)
Alongside Xi Jinping’s ongoing crackdown on corruption—which this week saw new investigations into two high-ranking Party officials and the sacking of another—China’s National Audit Office is conducting investigations into the financial affairs of central government departments and state-owned enterprises. Recently, reports from the central audit ministry have described problems in dozens of institutions, including state media outlets, several banks, and state-owned conglomerate China Resources. Over the past year, the Communist Party has been working hard to dampen public anger at official extravagance and unnecessary spending.
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