Minitrue: Official Reports Only on Hangzhou Bus Fire

Minitrue: Official Reports Only on Hangzhou Bus Fire

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.

Use only authoritative media reports concerning the Hangzhou bus fire incident. (July 7, 2014)


On July 5, a bus fire in Hangzhou, Zhejiang injuring 32 passengers. Media coverage immediately following the incident reported that the engine showed no sign of combustion, and that police suspected arson. This alleged act of arson comes amid a nationwide crackdown on terrorism, and the state-run Global Times reports that police have ruled out terror in connection with this case.

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.

MiniTrue 真理部


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