Minitrue: Rules for Media on State Secrets

Minitrue: Rules for Media on State Secrets

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.

Put the article “China Prohibits Media Practitioners from the Illegal Recording and Transmission of State Secrets” at the top of both homepages [main and news], and close the comment function. (July 9, 2014)


The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) has issued new guidelines for the media on “professional information management,” banning the “illegal copying, recording, and storage of state secrets.” “Commercial secrets” and unpublicized information are included in the ban. Xinhua reported on the guidelines on July 8.

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.

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