China’s decree to journalists & bloggers

We have posted about the conflict between still-communist China and Google.  The “Washington Post” has obtained a translation of the instructions from the Chinese government to its web journalists and bloggers, explaining what they will not be allowed to talk about. From China’s instructions on reporting on Google:

All chief editors and managers:

Google has officially announced its withdrawal from the China market. This is a high-impact incident. It has triggered netizens' discussions which are not limited to a commercial level. Therefore please pay strict attention to the following content requirements during this period:

A. News section:

1. Only use Central Government main media (website) content; do not use content from other sources.

2. Reposting must not change title.

3. News recommendations should refer to Central government main media websites.

4. Do not produce relevant topic pages; do not set discussion sessions; do not conduct related investigative reporting.

5. 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.

6. Carefully manage the commentary posts under news items.

B. Forums, blogs and other interactive media sections:

1. It is not permitted to hold discussions or investigations on the Google topic.

2. Interactive sections do not recommend this topic, do not place this topic and related comments at the top.

3. All websites please clean up text, images and sound and videos which attack the Party, State, government agencies, Internet policies with the excuse of this event.

4. 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.

5. On topics related to Google, carefully manage the information in exchanges, comments and other interactive sessions.

6. Chief managers in different regions please assign specific manpower to monitor Google-related information; if there is information about mass incidents, please report it in a timely manner.

We ask the Monitoring and Control Group to immediately follow up monitoring and control actions along the above directions; once any problems are discovered, please communicate with respected sessions in a timely manner.

This is what it means to live in a totalitarian country, one that recognizes none of the rights that we take for granted here.

About Gene Veith

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  • Carl Vehse

    This is what it means to live in a totalitarian country, one that recognizes none of the rights that we take for granted here.

    Well, not so granted given the fifth column treachery of our MSM, which issues its own leftist brainwashing instructions on how to report the news, like the National Propropaganda Radio, according to a Newsbusters report,
    “NPR Ditches ‘Pro-life’ Label in Favor of Left-leaning ‘Abortion Rights Opponent’”
    .

    In his memoNPR Managing Editor David Sweeney shows why he earns his title of ‘ major league clymer’.

    You can trust the MSM like you could trust Josef Mengele as your family doctor.

  • Carl Vehse

    This is what it means to live in a totalitarian country, one that recognizes none of the rights that we take for granted here.

    Well, not so granted given the fifth column treachery of our MSM, which issues its own leftist brainwashing instructions on how to report the news, like the National Propropaganda Radio, according to a Newsbusters report,
    “NPR Ditches ‘Pro-life’ Label in Favor of Left-leaning ‘Abortion Rights Opponent’”
    .

    In his memoNPR Managing Editor David Sweeney shows why he earns his title of ‘ major league clymer’.

    You can trust the MSM like you could trust Josef Mengele as your family doctor.

  • http://92state.blogspot.com Kurt Onken

    Can you say “fairness doctrine”?

  • http://92state.blogspot.com Kurt Onken

    Can you say “fairness doctrine”?

  • Bryan Lindemood

    “dedicate flowers to Google” :)

  • Bryan Lindemood

    “dedicate flowers to Google” :)

  • Kyralessa

    Don’t be too hard on them; they did say “please”, at least.

  • Kyralessa

    Don’t be too hard on them; they did say “please”, at least.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    My, my, my. A centralized source sending out memos about how the news is to be reported, yet those memos are getting leaked to the public. What does that remind me of? Oh yeah. John Moody, former senior editorial vice president for Fox News.

    Regarding the Dems’ taking control of Congress in 2006: “The elections and Rumsfeld’s resignation were a major event, but not the end of the world. … Let’s be on the lookout for any statements from the Iraqi insurgents, who must be thrilled at the prospect of a Dem-controlled congress.”

    Regarding President Bush: “His political courage and tactical cunning are worth noting in our reporting through the day.”

    Regarding Bush’s 2003 tax cut: “The tax cut passed last night by the Senate, though less than half what Bush [or]iginally proposed, contains some important victories for the administration. The DC crew will parse the bill and explain how it will fatten — marginally — your wallet.”

    Regarding pictures coming out of Fallujah: “Let’s refer to the US marines we see in the foreground as ‘sharpshooters’ not snipers, which carries a negative connotation.”

    Regarding the Iraq War: “Do not fall into the easy trap of mourning the loss of US lives and asking out loud why are we there? The US is in Iraq to help a country brutalized for 30 years protect the gains made by Operation Iraqi Freedom and set it on the path to democracy. Some people in Iraq don’t want that to happen. That is why American GIs are dying. And what we should remind our viewers.”

    Regarding the 9/11 Commission: “Do not turn this into Watergate. Remember the fleeting sense of national unity that emerged from this tragedy. Let’s not desecrate that.”

    Regarding the McCain campaign worker who claimed to be assaulted by an Obama supporter: “If Ms Todd’s allegations are proven accurate, some voters may revisit their support for Senator Obama… because they suddenly feel they do not know enough about the Democratic nominee.”

    Oh, sure, there are differences in the two situations. And yet, the similarities are striking. Let’s all be thankful that in America, we have two parties that attempt to control the media, as opposed to the one less they have in China.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    My, my, my. A centralized source sending out memos about how the news is to be reported, yet those memos are getting leaked to the public. What does that remind me of? Oh yeah. John Moody, former senior editorial vice president for Fox News.

    Regarding the Dems’ taking control of Congress in 2006: “The elections and Rumsfeld’s resignation were a major event, but not the end of the world. … Let’s be on the lookout for any statements from the Iraqi insurgents, who must be thrilled at the prospect of a Dem-controlled congress.”

    Regarding President Bush: “His political courage and tactical cunning are worth noting in our reporting through the day.”

    Regarding Bush’s 2003 tax cut: “The tax cut passed last night by the Senate, though less than half what Bush [or]iginally proposed, contains some important victories for the administration. The DC crew will parse the bill and explain how it will fatten — marginally — your wallet.”

    Regarding pictures coming out of Fallujah: “Let’s refer to the US marines we see in the foreground as ‘sharpshooters’ not snipers, which carries a negative connotation.”

    Regarding the Iraq War: “Do not fall into the easy trap of mourning the loss of US lives and asking out loud why are we there? The US is in Iraq to help a country brutalized for 30 years protect the gains made by Operation Iraqi Freedom and set it on the path to democracy. Some people in Iraq don’t want that to happen. That is why American GIs are dying. And what we should remind our viewers.”

    Regarding the 9/11 Commission: “Do not turn this into Watergate. Remember the fleeting sense of national unity that emerged from this tragedy. Let’s not desecrate that.”

    Regarding the McCain campaign worker who claimed to be assaulted by an Obama supporter: “If Ms Todd’s allegations are proven accurate, some voters may revisit their support for Senator Obama… because they suddenly feel they do not know enough about the Democratic nominee.”

    Oh, sure, there are differences in the two situations. And yet, the similarities are striking. Let’s all be thankful that in America, we have two parties that attempt to control the media, as opposed to the one less they have in China.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Also, did you guys follow the links to the post on the conversation between a Chinese reporter and someone at the State Council news bureau? Hilarious, regardless of its authenticity (I have no clue on that point).

    Reads like the best dystopian satire.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Also, did you guys follow the links to the post on the conversation between a Chinese reporter and someone at the State Council news bureau? Hilarious, regardless of its authenticity (I have no clue on that point).

    Reads like the best dystopian satire.


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