The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.
All media must take care to tone down coverage of the high school military training conflict in Huangcang, Longshan County, Hunan. Do not continue to hype the story. Delete and control related writing which challenges or criticizes military training. (August 28, 2014)
A brawl broke out at a military training center between instructors and their students, leaving 42 injured. While the incident has sparked criticism of today’s “spoiled” youth, others think corruption in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is to blame.
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