Chinese press forbidden from commenting on key Premier Wen speech

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao marked the end of this year’s National People’s Congress with a press conference in which he urged China to press ahead with political reform to avoid “historical tragedy” like the Cultural Revolution.

Ahead of the event China’s Central Propaganda Department issued strict directives to journalists reporting on the event. China Digital Times collects and translates these directives from the department nicknamed the Ministry of Truth.

Central Propaganda Department: To all newspapers. Regarding Premier Wen’s press conference tomorrow, only general reports from Xinhua can be used. It is forbidden to arbitrarily add content, and extended commentaries are strictly forbidden.