Minitrue: Don’t Hype Xinhua Commentary on SOE Reform

Minitrue: Don’t Hype Xinhua Commentary on SOE Reform

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.

Please do not hype the article “Xinhua Comment: Boldly and Confidently Strengthen, Empower, and Enlarge State-Owned Enterprises.” Reprinting without permission under altered headlines, such as “We Must Take a Clear Stand Against All Types of Privatization,” etc., is forbidden. (September 20, 2015) [Chinese]

On September 15, a Xinhua commentary drew attention to recent state-owned enterprise reform guidelines published by the CCP Central Committee and the State Council, which called for upholding the status quo amid widespread economic concerns. Censors appear intent on maintaining the original headline of the commentary after news portals reprinted it under new headlines. Both liberal media outlet Caijing and leftist website Utopia posted the Xinhua piece under the headline “Xinhua: We Must Take a Clear Stand Against All Types of Privatization.”

真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.

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