China Censorship Directive Leaked: Mao’s Birthday Gala Name Change InstructionPosted: December 14, 2013
A ‘Directive from The Ministry of Truth’
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.
State Council Information Office: All websites strictly prohibit promotion of the December 11 Southern Metropolis Daily article “Name Change Requested for Mao Zedong’s Birthday Commemoration at the Great Hall of the People” and all related news. Immediately delete already published material. Close discussions on interactive segments and strictly control online comments. (December 13, 2013)
In an attempt to lower the profile of a planned symphonic concert honoring the120th birthday of Mao Zedong, authorities ordered a name change and merging of the commemoration with a New Years Gala. Recently, the State Council Information Office ordered the deletion of a Phoenix Net article that included an interview subject discussing the supernal power of Mao pictures.
Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these instructions as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.”
CDT has collected the selections we translate here from a variety of sources and has checked them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation.
Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The original publication date on CDT Chinese is noted after the directives; 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.
- Mao purged from his own birthday celebrations (thetimes.co.uk)
- China’s Best Mao Zedong Impersonator Is Actually a Woman (odditycentral.com)
- China unveils $16 million gold and jade statue of Mao Zedong (rawstory.com)
- Mao as Poet (ilookchina.net)
- $16 Million Gold Mao Statue Unveiled In China – #Business (execdaily.wordpress.com)
- $16 Million Gold Mao Statue Unveiled In China (businessinsider.com)
- Sinosphere Blog: Mao’s Birth Commemorated in Gold and Gem-Encrusted Statue (sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Mao Zedong: How to deal with Western and traditional Chinese ideas (stalinsmoustache.wordpress.com)
- China Marks Mao’s Birth With £10m Gold Statue (news.sky.com)
- Golden Mao statue marks 120th anniverary of Chairman’s birth (wantchinatimes.com)