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.
All websites find and delete photos of “Military First Beauty” Zhang Lanlan at previous Spring Festival celebrations. Don’t hype related topics. (July 11, 2014)
Rumors have been circulating online that actress, singer, and television hostess Zhang Lanlan had been a joint mistress to both retired vice chairman of the Central Military Commission General Xu Caihou and his son. Xu Caihou was expelled from the Communist Party late last month and is currently being investigated for graft, making him the highest ranking “tiger” to yet be trapped in Xi Jinping’s ongoing anti-corruption drive.
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 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.