Ministry of Truth: Rumored Shanghai “Mobsters”
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to these instructions as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.”
Central Propaganda Department: For the time being, the media are not to report or comment on the online rumors that Shanghai SWAT Team Political Commissar and Captain Li Zhengjing is suspected of disciplinary violations and that Jinshan District Deputy Head and Public Security Bureau (PSB) Chief Ma Huaihai is suspected of corruption. When notified, follow Xinhua wire copy and information issued by authoritative local departments as the standard. (August 13, 2013)
Information on these issues is disappearing from Weibo, but FreeWeibo has captured relevant posts that have since been deleted:
邓飞手札: 【Five Houses】In this building, a senior person in the field of law willing to take charge of [this case] says that Shanghai SWAT Political Commissar and Captain Li Zhengjing owns five apartments, purchased prior to the Shanghai pension scandal when he was deputy chief of Pudong Public Security. Zhou Chongde, deputy chief of the Pudong Criminal Investigation Unit, helped him make the purchases; Zhou’s wife is an accountant at Zhongfu Real Estate. Li bought far below market price, which at present is about 30 million yuan.
邓飞手札: 【Five Houses】In the famous “Dijingyuan Case,” Li Zhengjing was accused of using his police power beyond his district to involve himself in a shareholder dispute, threatening one of the shareholders. The businessman later discovered that he [Li] had purchased an apartment in Dijingyuan at a discount of over 70%. At the time he was Pudong deputy district head, he received special protection, rising handily to the offices of Shanghai SWAT political commissar and captain.
柏拉图车间: 【Another Shanghai Bund Mobster】Seeking Confirmation: A well-known Shanghai journalist reports that at about 9:30 p.m. on August 5, a rather good looking young woman came to the newspaper office saying she is Chen Ping (alias), the mistress of Jinshan District Deputy Head and PSB Chief Ma Huaihai. Ms. Chen provided materials and clues that implicate Ma in the murder of a National People’s Congress representative from the city, receipt of over 2 billion yuan in bribes, and ownership of more than 60 properties. Ms. Chen also provided photocopies of permits for 31 of the properties.
CDT has collected the selections we translate here from a variety of sources and has checked them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation.
Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The original publication date on CDT Chinese is noted after the directives; the date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source.
This post first appeared on the CDT website on August 13, 2013.