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.
Carry the Xinhua News Network wire story “Uyghur Scholar Ilham [Tohti] Suspected of Separatism, Sentenced to Life Imprisonment.” Make sure to strictly check related comments, and to resolutely find and delete harmful information. (September 23, 2014)
新华网《维族教师伊力哈木涉嫌分裂国家罪被判无期》通稿刊播，注意严格审核相关评论，对有害信息要坚决查删。 [Original text]
After the trial of Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti for separatism last week, the Urumqi court announced an unexpectedly heavy sentence on Tuesday: life imprisonment. Xinhua’s Chinese-language wire copy on the sentencing has been widely reprinted by the news media in China.
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