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Google’s departure from China has created a frenzy in the Western media, but the Chinese media has remained relatively quiet. The reason? The Chinese government has ordered the Chinese media to follow a list of specific instructions when it comes to any reporting on Google’s move to relocate its search engine to Hong Kong.
China’s Internet Affairs Bureau, a division under the State Information Council, sent a directive on March 23 to Chinese journalists on the proper way to report Google’s recent decision.
Obtained by the China Digital Times and republished by The Washington Post, the directive consists of a list of do’s and don’ts. Examples after the jump:
- Only use Central Government main media (website) content; do not use content from other sources
- Do not produce relevant topic pages; do not set discussion sessions; do not conduct related investigative reporting
- Online programs with experts and scholars on this matter must apply for permission ahead of time. This type of self-initiated program production is strictly forbidden
- It is not permitted to hold discussions or investigations on the Google topic
- All websites please clean up text, images and sound and videos which support Google, dedicate flowers to Google, ask Google to stay, cheer for Google and others have a different tune from government policy
- On topics related to Google, carefully manage the information in exchanges, comments and other interactive sessions
- Do not participate in and report Google’s information/press releases
- Use talking points about Google withdrawing from China published by relevant departments