The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
Classified Message from the Guangdong Anti-Pornography Office: Latest Blacklist from the Ministry of Culture
- Anthony Wong, Denise Ho, Chapman To
- Paul Wong, William So, Jenny Tseng, Wong Ka Keung, Joey Yung, G.E.M., Sammy Leung, Albert Leung, Yuen-Leung Poon
Those people in category 1 are prohibited, and absolutely cannot perform.
Those in category 2 are strictly controlled. You must report to the Ministry of Culture Market Administration before a performance may be examined and approved. After approval, you must report once again to the Market Administration for permission to perform. At the same time, you must communicate with the performance finance [management] organization and guarantee that no “Occupy Central” discussion arises, taking full control of the event. (November 7, 2014)
The people listed in this directive are Hong Kong musicians, DJs, and directors who have participated in or voiced support for the ongoing protests for free elections. 47 Hong Kong stars were allegedly blacklisted last month, including actor Chow Yun-fat. Mainland websites were also instructed to delete a story about Chow’s sanguine response to the news.
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.