China's instructions on reporting on Google

"Below we reprint the government's instructions to domestic news Web sites."

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.

Addition[al] guidelines:

-- Do not participate in and report Google's information/press releases.

-- Do not report about Google exerting pressure on our country via people or events.

-- Related reports need to put [our story/perspective/information] in the center, do not provide materials for Google to attack relevant policies of our country.

-- Use talking points about Google withdrawing from China published by relevant departments.

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15 Responses:

  1. lafinjack says:

    I've been kinda meh on this whole story until I read B4. You do not fuck with my flower dedication videos, assholes!

  2. hadlock says:

    What do US Government instructions to domestic news sites look like?

    • aredridel says:

      "Much as we'd love to tell you what to say, or even to be honest, go for it. The courts have seriously tied our hands on this one."

      That's what.

    • I thought the US Government got its instructions from domestic news sites. Seems like any change in policy goes to the media before it gets to the people who have to actually enact the changes.

    • tkil says:

      Ideally, here are the instructions:

      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

      Now, in the real world, that's been modified somewhat (e.g., yelling "fire" in a crowded theater).

      Even the scarier laws that have shown up in the last few years are more about "we'll investigate what you said so freely, and not let you know you're being investigated, and maybe eventually hold you indefinitely on no charges." But they don't actually tell you what you can or can't say.

      In the technology sphere, there have been more than a few instances of the DMCA being used to curtail speech that is considered to show methods of breaking encryption on copyrighted materials.

      (On the other paw, freedom of the press was also used to work around other technology transfer restrictions: cryptography utilities that used to be considered "too advanced to export" were printed in books or on shirts, and since that was unequivicably "the press", the government could not restrict those items. This was also used against the DCMA, now that I think about it.)

    • sethg_prime says:

      "If you print stuff that offends us, you will no longer be able to take stenography from all those `anonymous official sources' that spare you the burden of doing actual journalism."

    • autopope says:

      US government attempts to censor news sites look like this.

  3. -- do not taunt Happy Fun Ball