A Chinese state media outlet accidentally leaked instructions on how their staff should frame Russian threats and military action against Ukraine.
Take a look at what their censorship instructions were regarding the Russia-Ukraine conflict!
Chinese Media Accidentally Leaked Ukraine Censorship Order!
Horizon News, officially 世面 (Shimian, which literally translates as The World), is a media outlet that belongs to Beijing News (新京报), which is owned by the Chinese Communist Party.
On 22 February 2022, the verified Horizon News / Shimian account on Weibo accidentally leaked an internal directive on how their staff should frame the Russian threats and military action against Ukraine.
The Weibo post was deleted on the same day, but Ling Li – a Chinese researcher – managed to capture a screenshot :
Detailed censorship instructions for dissemination of reports and comments on the Russian-Ukraine conflict, mistakenly leaked⬇️⬇️⬇️
*Shimian account belongs to 新京报 (Beijing News).
*人新央 refers to, presumably, People's Daily, Xinhua Agency & CCTV. pic.twitter.com/VoZSj08goS
— 𝐋𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐋𝐢 (@lingli_vienna) February 22, 2022
What Did Chinese Censorship Order On Ukraine Say?
To make it easier for those who do not read Chinese to verify what Horizon News (世面) posted on their official and verified Weibo account, here is the original leaked text in Chinese.
And here is my rough English translation of what the Horizon News (世面) post said :
* likely referring to their main Beijing News account
Read more : Was CGTN caught faking the Peng Shui email?
Why Are The Chinese Censoring Opinions On Ukraine?
You may be wondering – why on earth would the Chinese spend so much time, money and effort to frame and censor their citizens’ opinions on the Russia-Ukraine conflict?
It appears that Beijing believes that backing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will reap rewards in the future, when China decides to “solve the Taiwan issue once and for all”.
Ming Jinwei – a senior editor at the Xinhua News Agency – elucidated this opinion in a WeChat post :
China is backing Russia beyond framing and censoring online opinions. Just one day before Russia recognised the two breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, China signed a deal to buy 100 million tons of Russian coal.
This deal would not only help China address its severe shortage of cheap coal, it would also help Russian mitigate sanctions enacted by the West, indirectly giving them more latitude to invade Ukraine.
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