Widespread flooding in Beijing over the weekend is said to have killed at least 37. Unsurprisingly, after the floods the Chinese government wanted to keep negative messages under wraps.
Here’s an (alleged) censorship instruction from the weekend, published by China Digital Times:
Beijing Municipal Committee Department of Propaganda: For public opinion guidance (舆论引导) concerning yesterday’s rainstorms, all media outlets, including central news organisations, must emphasise the power of human compassion over the elements. All Youth League committees and branches must coordinate positive reports and information on the storm in their commentaries, forum posts, and reprints of articles. Public Weibo accounts, accounts of individual Youth League members and newly registered accounts must all complete report forms.
Beijing Municipal Office of Internet Propaganda Management: Remove Li Chengpeng’s essay “Totem”.
The censorship didn’t seem to work out completely, however, and posts criticising Beijing’s infrastructure soon went viral on Weibo, with many comments overtly attacking the Chinese government.
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