China Digital Times has a leaked memo, issued to various media companies by the State Council Information Office, calling for coverage of Mo Yan‘s Nobel Prize in Literature to avoid mention of previous Nobel laureates Liu Xiabo and Gao Xingjian, and for companies to block users who discuss them.
State Council Information Office: To all websites nationwide: In light of Mo Yan winning the Nobel prize for literature, monitoring of microblogs, forums, blogs and similar key points must be strengthened. Be firm in removing all comments which disgrace the Party and the government, defame cultural work, mention Nobel laureates Liu Xiaobo and Gao Xingjian and associated harmful material. Without exception, block users from posting for ten days if their writing contains malicious details. Reinforce on-duty staff during the weekend and prioritize this management task. (October 12, 2012)