propaganda department

Ministry of Truth: Vandalism and Water Pollution

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by central government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Beijing Municipal Propaganda Department: Do not report on the glass that was broken at the...

Striving for Freedom in the Chinese New Year

At The Washington Post, Perry Link and CDT founder Xiao Qiang point out a hollow in Xi Jinping’s “China dream”, between individuals’ material wishes and the “spiritual” goals of the state....

Southern Weekly Censorship Faceoff Continues (Updated)

The heavy-handed rewriting of the Southern Weekly newspaper’s traditional New Year greeting has triggered a staff strike, a barrage of letters and petitions, and an upwelling of popular support both on- and offline. In the...

Netizen Voices: No Place Is Outside the Law

When CCTV aired V for Vendetta, uncut, last Friday, netizens thought it was a sign that reform is truly on its way. They were a bit crushed, then, to read a signed article in Tuesday’s People’s Daily entitled “The Internet...

Latest Directives from the Ministry of Truth: July 8-July 17

The following examples of censorship instructions, issued to the media and/or Internet companies by various central (and sometimes local) government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and...

The Knife that Killed the Children and the Wheel of Tragedy

The following essay was written by a Beijing journalist and has been making the rounds under the radar of Internet censors.  While only very few copies of this essay can be found through Chinese search engines, copies can be...

Publicity Department Official Showered With Fifty Cent Bills

ESWN translates a report about a propaganda official from Yunnan who was welcomed to a talk at a university with a shower of fifty-cent notes: This afternoon, Yunnan Province Party Committee Publicity Department deputy director...

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