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 refrain from further promoting “Under the Dome.” Online public opinion [surrounding the documentary] must be regulated. (February 28, 2015)
On February 28, former CCTV anchor Chai Jing released “Under the Dome,” a self-funded documentary on air pollution in China. The film rapidly made rounds on the Internet, having garnered over 100 million views on Chinese video hosting sites at the time of this posting.
The film has been partially translated by Jonathan Papish, and the remaining portion of the translation will soon follow:
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