China Digital Times, with its indispensable series on leaked directives from the “Ministry of Truth,” published this amazing leaked memo from China’s propaganda department yesterday:
Central Propaganda Department: Urgent Notice Concerning the Southern Weekly New Year’s Message Publication Incident: Responsible Party committees and media at all levels must be clear on three points related to this matter: (1) Party control of the media is an unwavering basic principle; (2) This mishap at Southern Weekly has nothing to do with Guangdong Propaganda Department Head Tuo Zhen; (3) External hostile forces are involved in the development of the situation. Every responsible work unit must demand that its department’s editors, reporters, and staff discontinue voicing their support for Southern Weekly online. Starting tomorrow, media and websites in all locales must prominently republish the Global Times editorial “Southern Weekly’s ‘Message to Readers’ Is Food for Thought Indeed.”
Just so we’re clear:
1. Party control of media is an unwavering basic principle;
2. Tuo Zhen had nothing to do with the Southern Weekly “mishap”;
3. Publish Global Times editorial;
4. And for pete’s sake, acrostics? Fucking acrostics, people? What are we, kindergarteners?!
UPDATE, 1/9, 4:59 pm: I guess no one specified where the editorial has to be run — like, say, next to a big pest extermination ad.
Ministry of Truth: Urgent Notice on Southern Weekly (China Digital Times)