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China Digital Times has translated a series of excerpts from the Chinese blog Ministry of Truth—a website that leaks the directives from various propaganda departments regarding the reporting of current events. A play on the government contrived “truth” in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, “Ministry of Truth” in the Chinese blogosphere refers specifically to the Central Propaganda Department and subordinate censorship agencies which ensure that media and cultural content follows the official line.
Here’s the latest of propaganda orders in light of China’s most recent events:
May 12, 2010
Regarding the incident of the stabbing in a kindergarten in Zheng County, Shaanxi Province, only publish the general draft from Xinhua, do not use information from other sources; do not place it in a prominent position; do not exhibit it for a long time; close the news commentary function. All local agencies, please strengthen the monitoring and management to ensure the implementation of relevant requirements. Do not place in an important position; do not allow interactivity (comments).
Regarding the incident of children being killed in Nanzheng kindergarten, no TV stations, newspapers or radio stations can send their reporters to interview, and all reporters who have been sent must return, and relevant reports must be deleted to follow Xinhua’s reporting. (SCIO)
News on the killing of Shaanxi children incident must only publish drafts from the Party media, no discussion in interactive sessions.
May 11, 2010
News about Internet in Xinjiang must all use draft of media in Xinjiang, do not promote, do not hype, do not follow “hot issues”.
To read more about the Ministry of Truth via CDT, click here